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Intersections between Violence Against Children and Women - Prevention and Response

Identifying Evidence Gaps and Opportunities for Collaboration
(Past event)

Event type: Webinar

Related research: Violence against children and women

events19 October 2021time15:00 - 16:30 CET

In recent years, the global development agenda has paid greater attention to end violence against children than ever before. Yet to prevent and address these human rights violations, we must first understand the nature, magnitude, risk and protective factors, and consequences of different forms of violence against children (VAC). High quality data can then be used to develop evidence-based, culturally relevant plans, policies, programmes, and laws, measure changes over time while ensuring that well-meaning interventions do not cause unintended harm.

The recent Evidence and Gap Map on interventions to prevent VAC has shed light on many issues, including, for example, the scarcity of data from low and middle-income countries. Furthermore, because significant gaps remain, particularly about children in situations of greater vulnerability, there is a need to collect and analyze data on equity stratifiers (such as age and ethnicity) to better understand how social determinants influence VAC.

Effective solutions to end violence against children will require researchers, practitioners, and leaders to come together to take stock of what we know, bridge gaps across the field, and influence change through the use and generation of VAC evidence. To this end, UNICEF Innocenti is holding a series of events for the 2021 Solutions Summit Series Together to #ENDviolence. The second event in this series aims to share evidence and foster discussion on intersections between violence against women and violence against children, highlighting synergies opportunities for greater collaboration and opportunities for moving towards implementation to build knowledge and translate it into policy and programs.  




  • Gender Dimensions of Violence Against Children paper (with UNICEF Child Protection and Gender Sections)  
  • Ending Violence against Women and Children in Asia and the Pacific: Opportunities and Challenges for Collaborative and Integrative Approaches Regional report  
  • Bridging the gaps: a global review of intersections of violence against women and violence against children: article and summary of evidence   
  • Exploring opportunities for coordinated responses to intimate partner violence and child maltreatment in low and middle income countries: a scoping review (link
  • Global research agenda on the intersections between VAC and VAW sign up
  • PROMUNDO resources on preventing VAC and VAW  
  • Systematic Review on the co-occurrence and shared risk factors of intimate partner violence and child maltreatment: a systematic review of the common contributing factors (protocol)  
  • Systematic review on promising interventions to prevent and/or respond to intimate partner violence against women and child maltreatment (protocol)  
  • Beaten Bad: The life stories of violent offenders
  • Institute for Security Studies Policy Brief: How violence against women and children is represented in research in South Africa?
  • Institute for Security Studies  Policybrief: What will it take to prevent interpersonal violence in South Africa?
  • Institute for Security Studies Policy brief: What is violence prevention? 



Opening remarks:  
  • Alessandra Guedes, Gender and Development Research Manager, UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, Italy  

Presenting evidence:   
Panel discussion:  
  • Paul Bukuluki, Associate Professor of Social Work and Medical Anthropology, Makerere University, Uganda  
  • Lina Digolo, Senior Associate, The Prevention Collaborative, Kenya  
  • Lori Heise, Professor of Gender, Violence and Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), United States    
  • Santi Kusumaningrum, Co-founder and Director, PUSKAPA - Center on Child Protection and Wellbeing at Universitas Indonesia  
  • Tarisai Mchuchu-MacMillan, Executive Director, MOSAIC, South Africa  
Closing remarks:  
  • Emily Esplen, Head of Ending Violence Team, FCDO, United Kingdom  


Alessandra Guedes

UNICEF Innocenti

Floriza Gennari

UNICEF Innocenti


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