AIDSTAR-One Gender-based Violence Case Study Series

In the broadest terms, “gender-based violence” is violence that is directed at an individual based on his or her biological sex, gender identity, or his or her perceived adherence to socially defined norms of masculinity and femininity. Under the technical guidance of the PEPFAR Gender Technical Working Group, AIDSTAR-One, a global project funded by PEPFAR through USAID that provided support and technical assistance to USG teams across the world, developed a number of technical resources exploring the connections among gender inequality, GBV, and HIV. These resources focus on identifying and sharing promising programmatic approaches and disseminating key elements of success for replication and scale-up.

In 2010, AIDSTAR-One conducted case studies in three countries where GBV services were available. These case studies were developed to help program managers design, plan, and implement strategies to integrate GBV within existing HIV, family planning, or reproductive health services and programs. Analysis of the studies—conducted in Vietnam, Ecuador, and Swaziland—yielded five major findings and eight overarching recommendations. This collection presents the case studies and the accompanying report.

Swaziland Case Study

Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse

This case study describes SWAGAA, which was founded and registered in 1990 as a volunteer-operated, grassroots NGO to provide counseling services to survivors of family violence and sexual abuse in Swaziland.

Civil Society and Government Unite to Respond to Gender-based Violence in Ecuador

Civil Society and Government Unite to Respond to Gender-based Violence in Ecuador

This case study documents both CEPAM’s comprehensive response to GBV, which has been honed over many years, and the organization’s partnership with the Government of Ecuador to address GBV holistically through both provision of services and prevention interventions.