Some suggested opportunities for the field to explore in scaling up GBV prevention were discussed throughout the meeting and include:
- Grow funding and political commitment globally, regionally and nationally:
- Establish a high-level panel of influential individuals from a range of policy areas and sectors to push GBV prevention up more mainstream agendas and build political momentum and visibility around the issue, rooted in disseminating the evidence base on ‘what works’. This could be a similar model to the GEEAP in the education sector.
- Forge new partnerships and work at the intersections of justice movements and with sectors such as humanitarian, health, education and climate, for example by convening women’s and other social justice movements. These new partnerships can be used to leverage commitment and investment in GBV across sectors and institutions.
- Identify a collective narrative for the field, including articulating the co-benefits of undertaking GBV prevention work across sectors, and a common advocacy agenda that sets out priorities to collectively push, including sector influencing.
- Harness key global and regional moments to influence awareness and commitment to GBV prevention, including potentially the World Bank Spring Meetings (focused on domestic financing), Commission on the Status of Women and Summit for the Future.
- Support the development of National Action Plans on GBV to institutionalise national action and budget to address GBV.
- Influence national spending on GBV through MDB engagement with Ministries of Finance.
- Continuing to develop the field towards scale:
- Build the field’s understanding of pathways to prevention at scale.
- Value, capture and disseminate diverse forms of knowledge including practitioner, survivor and activist perspectives on prevention.
- Support and invest in diverse ‘field-building’ organisations to promote a healthy and well-resourced ecosystem that can take forward work to respond to and prevent GBV.
- Support the growth of small to medium-sized WROs to have the capability to work on prevention at scale along with medium-sized CSOs from other fields who are positioned to collaborate on GBV prevention and response.
- Continue to explore partnership with the Digital Rights movement to better understand the risks and opportunities associated with tech that can advance the GBV prevention field.
- Support trust-building, collaboration and strategic planning between ecosystem actors to build collective priorities and support collective care.
Ending Violence Team, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
Wilton Park | January 2024
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