Update Report on the Issues Affecting Women Programme's Strategic Learning and Evaluation System

Published: September 2013

This document presents an update on Issues Affecting Women Programme's Strategic Learning and Evaluation System. Early 2012, the Issues Affecting Women Programme (IAWP) adopted a new strategic plan, supported by a strategic learning and evaluation system to track progress and feed into the strategy on a regular basis. Our strategy is centred on four core programme areas (movement building, intra-familial violence, trafficking & exploitation, and violence in situations of crisis). Our strategy calls for an experimental approach to determine tactics and interventions to achieve our ultimate goal of contributing to a world in which women have the rights, capacity and opportunity to experience safety of violence and to enjoy their full and equal human rights.

Key Findings

  • Ending intra-familial violence requires strong specific legislation on IV, implemented by trained and unbiased law enforcement and government representatives (e.g. police, judges, lawyers) and regular monitoring of law implementation.
  • Ending intra-familial violence requires a change of society's perception of IV from a minor issue, to a crime to be punished.
  • Ending intra-familial violence requires the empowerment of women - who are often more vulnerable to IV due to income, family background, earlier experiences of violence, limited access to education - so that they can understand and advocate for their rights and access services.
  • Ending intra-familial violence requires comprehensive, rights based and sustainable services are accessible by all, including by remote and vulnerable groups (e.g. ethnic minorities, disabled people) and respond to the connection between women and children experiencing violence/abuse.
  • Ending intra-familial violence requires the availability of governmental funding for quality services (e.g. shelters, healthcare, police, etc.), including civil society run programmes for victims of IV and violence prevention activities. Strong, vibrant and independent social movements capable of offering a coordinated response based on a common advocacy agenda/strategy, and maintain a constant dialogue with the state.
  • Ending trafficking and exploitation requires the promotion of the agency of women to make decisions and/or choices for themselves throughout the process of response, recovery and reintegration, including responding to their needs and recognising their potential and capacities during recovery.
  • Ending trafficking and exploitation requires community awareness of trafficking and human rights, to ensure trafficked or exploited women are aware of their rights and have the capacity to claim them.
  • Ending trafficking and exploitation requires a holistic approach to prevention that addresses the various factors of risk and vulnerability.
  • Ending trafficking and exploitation requires the protection of rights through victim friendly frameworks and formalized procedures that are easy to understand and access.
  • Ending trafficking and exploitation requires accountability mechanisms to ensure that ratified treaties translates into implementation (e.g. mechanisms to review State's policies and laws) and that anti-trafficking laws and policies do no harm those they seek to protect.
  • Ending trafficking and exploitation requires accountability mechanisms that hold NGOs and service providers accountable to their clients and partner organisations.
  • Ending trafficking and exploitation requires victim-centred service provision that are tailor-made to fit the needs of vulnerable individuals.
  • Ending trafficking and exploitation requires self-organized groups that include groups affected by specific laws in anti-trafficking efforts (e.g. trafficking survivors, migrant women, sex workers, etc.).
  • Ending trafficking and exploitation requires accurate data to inform policy, advocate for positive change and bring perpetrators to justice.

Populations Women

Complementary Outcomes Gender-based Violence, Women's Rights

Publishers Oak Foundation

Funded by Oak Foundation