COFEM SVRI 2017 Paper & Video Series

Paper & Video 1

How a lack of
undermines work to
address violence against women and girls


This paper considers a specific concern linked to the mounting challenges women’s rights organisations face in addressing violence against women and girls: accountability to women and girls in the programming, policy and support of male involvement efforts to prevent and respond to VAWG. The paper discusses four practices that reduce accountability to women and girls, all of which result from a lack of feminist analysis: 1) investment in male involvement programming without demand or evidence; 2) male-dominated efforts that do not support women’s leadership; 3) shifts toward men’s priorities and needs; and 4) failure to transform patriarchy. The paper concludes with targeted recommendations for increased accountability to women and girls across VAWG prevention and response efforts.