GBV Series Ep. 1 | How Can Social Protection Impact Gender-based Violence?

Kicking off the three-part series ‘’Social Protection for Prevention of and Response to Gender-Based Violence’’, this episode presents a deep dive into what we know about the impacts of social protection on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and some of the remaining knowledge gaps. We look at economic empowerment programmes and how they can help reduce economic stress and challenge gender norms that often drive violence in community settings.

Drawing from the available evidence, our guests were also invited to reflect on both the positive pathways through which social protection can contribute to reducing intimate partner violence (IPV) and the possibility of it introducing risks of increased violence. Finally, as some food for thought, what would a feminist social protection policy look like?

Our guests for this episode:

  • Ana Maria Buller, Associate Professor in Social Sciences and Director of the Gender Violence and Health Centre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Lusajo Kajula, Principal Investigator, UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti
  • Amber Peterman, Research Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

For our ‘Quick Wins’ segment, Wessel van den Berg (MenCare Officer at Equimundo: Center for Masculinities and Social Justice) talks about ways to engage men in the dialogue around gender norms and roles as part of a gender transformative approach. What does this entail for social protection?

The ‘’Social Protection for Prevention of and Response to Gender-Based Violence’’ series is produced by and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), with support from UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).


Episode links:

A mixed-method review of cash transfers and intimate partner violence in low- and middle-income countries

Effects of Government-Implemented Cash Plus Model on Violence Experiences and Perpetration Among Adolescents in Tanzania

Government of Ethiopia's public works and complementary programmes: A mixed-methods study on pathways to reduce intimate partner violence

Public Work Programs and Gender-Based Violence : Evidence from Lao PDR

Domestic violence and workfare: An evaluation of India’s MGNREGS

Can transfers and behavior change communication reduce intimate partner violence four years post-program? Experimental evidence from Bangladesh

Public Work and Private Violence

Cash Transfer and IPV Research Collaborative

Transfer Project


Quick Wins links:

Applying a Masculinities Lens to the Gendered Impacts of Social Safety Nets

MenCare: A Global Fatherhood Campaign

State of South Africa’s Fathers 2021

Gender-transformative Bandebereho couples’ intervention to promote male engagement in reproductive and maternal health and violence prevention in Rwanda: Findings from a randomized controlled trial

A cluster randomized-controlled trial of a community mobilization intervention to change gender norms and reduce HIV risk in rural South Africa