Integrating Strategies to Address Gender-Based Violence and Engage Men and Boys to Advance Gender Equality through National Strategic Plans on HIV and AIDS: Istanbul, Turkey 14-16 November 2011

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This page contains resources produced by many organisations working on gender-based violence, involvement of men and boys, and the meaningful involvement of women living with HIV in the context of HIV.  It was developed for the participants of a workshop held in November 2011 in Istanbul, organised by UNFPA, UNDP, UN Women, UNAIDS, and WHO, with Sonke Gender Justice Network, Men Engage, and the ATHENA Network.

The Executive Summary of this workshop can be accessed by clicking on this line

The full Report of this workshop can be accessed by clicking on this line

The website is now open, to be shared with everyone interested in these issues.


Countries represented at the meeting included:

  • Belize
  • Brazil
  • China
  • (Djibouti – unable to attend)
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • (Guatemala – unable to attend)
  • Indonesia
  • Khazakstan
  • Malawi
  • Moldova
  • Myanmar
  • Nigeria
  • Russia
  • Swaziland
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • (Turkey)
  • Uganda

We also invited two representatives from two country delegations who attended the 1st international workshop on this theme, held in Nairobi, Kenya, in December 2010. These two delegations came as resource people and to illustrate some of the successes and challenges they had encountered in implementing the country action plans that they had developed during that workshop. These representatives were from Serbia and Kenya.


Workshop presentations

DAY ONE – 14 November 2011

  • Susana Fried, UNDP, New York – introduction to the workshop and to international treaties
  • Tyler Crone, ATHENA Network – what we have learnt since the Nairobi workshop December 2010
  • Dr Dragan Ilic, Serbia – what we have done in Serbia since the Nairobi workshop
  • Dr Lilian Otieso-Wangari, Liverpool VTC, Kenya – what we have done in Kenya since the Nairobi workshop
  • Dr Alice Welbourn, Salamander Trust/ATHENA Network – why integrate policies to address gender based violence and involve men and boys in national strategic plans?
  • Baron Oron – film clip for discussion
  • Dr Avni Amin, WHO, Geneva – the evidence on links between gender based violence and HIV – see from slide number 1-15
  • Tim Shand, Sonke Gender Justice – the evidence for engaging men and boys
  • GBV Policy Analysis Tool for NSPs
  • SRHR Policy Analysis Tool for NSPs – NB this was not presented at the workshop. It has been added to this site on 12 December 2011


DAY TWO – 15 November 2011

  • Lisia Brussa, TAMPEP – Strategies for addressing gender based violence against sex workers
  • Dahlia Saibil, UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, New York – UN Trust Fund and Johnson and Johnson Learning Initiative  on HIV and Violence Against Women
  • Dr Avni Amin – Strategies for addressing gender based violence  – see from slide number 16-23
  • Tim Shand, Sonke, South Africa/Dumisani Rebombo, Sonke, South Africa/Vanessa Fonesca, Promundo, Brasil/Steven Iphani, COWLHA Malawi – Strategies for engaging men and boys in programmes
  • Katy Pullen, UNWomen, East and South East Asia Region – UNWomen Strategies to address the Meaningful Involvement of Women living with HIV and AIDS (MIWA)
  • Dr Alice Welbourn – Why it is important to address the Meaningful Involvement of Women living with HIV and AIDS (MIWA) in National Strategic Plans
  • Policy Brief – signed by 60 networks of women living with HIV globally – in English, Spanish, Russian, French and Italian
  • Report – on Gender-based violence experienced by women living with HIV in English and Spanish published by UNWomen and ICW Global, produced by Development Connections and researched and written by Salamander Trust Associates, Fiona Hale and Marijo Vazquez
  • Report – on the Gender Equality of the Global Fund on AIDS, TB and Malaria, by FEIM/IAWC and the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS
  • UNDP – Roadmap for Mainstreaming Gender into HIV Strategies


Country Action Plans were produced by the country delegations at the workshop – for these please see under the relevant country below.


Additional materials

These are listed first by country and then by international materials

  • Belize
    • Proposed Country Action Plan
  • Brasil
    • Proposed Country Action Plan
  • China
    • Proposed Country Action Plan
  • Ecuador
    • Proposed Country Action Plan
  • Fiji
    • The National Report on HIV from 2010 can be accessed here. This includes information about their work on tackling gender-based violence and involving men and boys
  • Indonesia
    • Proposed Country Action Plan
  • Kazakhstan
    • Proposed Country Action Plan  (NB the Kazakhstan team and the Tajikistan team decided to share their country action plans)
  • Malawi
    • A powerpoint about the work of the Coalition of Women living with HIV and AIDS (COWLHA) is available here
    • A newsletter about COWHLA’s work is available here
    • A brief film interview about COWHLA’s work is available here
    • Proposed Country Action Plan
  • Moldova
    • Proposed Country Action Plan
  • Myanmar
    • Proposed Country Action Plan
  • Nigeria
    • Information about the work of INCRESE Nigeria is available here
    • Proposed Country Action Plan
  • Russia
    • The adaptation and use of “Stepping Stones” (known locally as “15”) in St. Petersburg, Russia by the Humanitarian Project. A powerpoint and a short film are available.
    • Proposed Country Action Plan
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
    • Proposed Country Action Plan
  • Tajikistan
    • Two powerpoints from Tajikistan. One is from the work of the military. The other is from the Committee for Family and Women’s Affairs of the Tajik Government
    • Proposed Country Action Plan
  • Thailand
    • Proposed Country Action Plan
  • Uganda
    • Information about a workshop of the Network of Stepping Stones Approaches with district leaders, to address GBV amongst Internally Displaced People in Uganda is available here
    • An interview with Baron Oron about his work with men and boys in relation to these issues is available here
    • Proposed Country Action Plan




  • ATHENA/UNAIDS “Community Innovation: Achieving sexual and reproductive health and rights for women and girls through the HIV response” can be accessed here
  • ATHENA/HEARD Framework for Women, Girls and Gender Equality in National Strategic Plans on HIV and AIDS in Eastern and Southern Africa can be accessed here
  • AVAC/ATHENA Medical Male Circumcision research programme  The full report on this research project, the summary and the country-specific reports can be accessed here
  • A Policy Brief signed by over 60 different networks of women living with HIV globally about investing in women can be accessed here
  • The Salamander Trust “HIV, Women and Motherhood” audio interviews, which highlight many aspects of gender-based violence, can be accessed here
  • The Stepping Stones training programme on gender, HIV, communication and relationship skills website can be accessedhere  Information about the “Stepping Stones Plus” supplementary manual can be accessed here
  • A report entitled Violence against women living with HIV/AIDS: a background paper commissioned by UNWomen, co-published by Development Connections and ICW Global and produced by Fiona Hale and Marijo Vazquez of Salamander Trust Associates, can be accessed here
  • A video of a Booth Session at the Women’s Networking Zone in Rome in July 2011, featuring a discussion about how doctors can respond to gender-based violence, can be accessed here
  • Barker G, Ricardo C and Nascimento M. (2007).  Engaging men and boys in changing gender-based inequity in health: Evidence from programme interventions.Instituto Promundo, Brazil and World Health Organization, Geneva.  Click here
  • Barker, G and Ricardo, C. November 2011: Starting Young: Evidence from an Evaluation Review of Interventions to Reach Boys and Young Men in SV Prevention
  • Diamonds: Stories of Women from the Asia-Pacific Network of People Living with HIV (2009). Diamonds is a compilation of the personal narratives of ten women and one girl who are HIV-positive in the Asia Pacific region. The publication is accompanied by a documentary that focuses on four of these stories
  • HEARD/ATHENA From Talk to Action Review of Women, Girls and Gender Equality in NSPs in Eastern and Southern Africa can be accessed here
  • Inter-agency task force on violence against women, UNFPA and UNAIDS Women.3-4 November 2010: Report: Delivering as one on violence against women:from intent to action. New York. Click here
  • Moreno T: 2011-116. Hidden Violence: Protecting children at home. Early childhood matters. Bernard Van Leer Foundation, Netherlands
  • Office of the President National Aids Control Council, July 2011: Mainstreaming gender in HIV response in Kenya, National Action Plan 2009/10 – 2012/13.
  • Peacock, D. (July 2010): Men’s Sexual and Reproductive Health: The Need for Gender Transformative Approaches. International Aids Conference, Vienna
  • Peacock D. (July 2010). Working with men to improve PMTCT outcomes Sonke Gender Justice Network, International Aids Conference, Vienna
  • Promundo, MenEngage and UNFPA. Engaging men and boys in gender equality and Health. A global toolkit for action. Click here  
  • Promundo and ICRW (2007). Engaging men and boys to achieve gender equality: How can we build on what we have learned.  Click here 
  • Shand T. (October 2011). MenEngage Africa: engaging men and boys in HIV prevention and gender equality. Sonke Gender Justice Network, South Africa. Johannesburg
  • Shepard B.L (2010). Addressing violence against women and girls in Sexual and Reproductive Health services: A review of knowledge assets. Click here
  • Sonke Gender Justice Protection: (2010). This is a film and a website about condom use as a crucial strategy to help men and boys avoid HIV infection. The film shows men and youth in South Africa, Kenya and Sierra Leone addressing the condom challenge in different ways. Executive Producer Jill Lewis. Click here to access the website
  • Together for Girls programme has a website, as well as a powerpoint and a brochure about the programme
  • UN Trust Fund for Women
    The next call for proposals will be issued in November 2012.  The UN Trust Fund has a virtual knowledge centre to end violence against women and girls. Click here.
  • UNAIDS Agenda for Accelerated Country Action can be accessed here  The related Community Brief can be accessed here
  • UNAIDS and WHO (2010) Addressing violence against women and HIV: what works? WHO Document Production services, Geneva, Switzerland. Click here
  • UNAIDS Country Fact sheets: click here
  • UNFPA, Promundo and MenEngage (2010): Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality and Health – A global toolkit for action
  • UNFPA and ICOMP (2011): Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality: Vignettes from Asia and Africa – NB this is a very large file (94mb) click here
  • UNFPA and UN Women (2011). Initiating the Multi-stakeholder Joint Programme on violence against women: A review of the processes and some key interim lessons learned. Click here
  • UNIFEM (2009) Promoting Gender Equality in HIV and AIDS Responses: Making Aid More Effective Through Tracking Results. This publication presents the key findings of the expert consultation “Tracking and Monitoring Gender Equality and HIV/AIDS in Aid Effectiveness.” It highlights the need for a framework that links structural, social and individual determinants of gender inequality as well as presenting opportunities (provided by the Paris Declaration) to strengthen the focus on intersections between HIV, violence against women, and sexual and reproductive health access and rights. The publication also underscores the need for comprehensive gender equality indicators for use in monitoring progress to meet key targets and goals outlined within the United Nations Declaration of Commitment on HIV and AIDS. Click here
  • UNIFEM (2009) Together We Must! End Violence against Women and Girls and HIV & AIDS. This publication profiles ten organizations that are working on innovative strategies to address the intertwined pandemics of violence against women and girls and HIV & AIDS. It provides lessons learned and highlights key elements to consider when tackling the intersection. The aim is to stimulate debate and collaboration among practicioners and advocates around how to identify and promote effective prevention policies and practices that can be adapted to various contexts. Available for download here (English, French) and here (Spanish)
  • UNIFEM (2008).Transforming the National AIDS Response: Mainstreaming Gender and Women’s Rights into the ‘three ones’ (available in English, French, and Spanish). UNIFEM HQ Publications Distribution office. Click here
  • UNIFEM The Fourth Decade: the role of gender equality in reversing the HIV epidemic. Concept Paper with a framework for integrating gender equality into national HIV responses
  • UNIFEM Transforming the National AIDS Response: Advancing Women’s Leadership and Participation can be accessed here
  • UN Women’s Gender Equality and HIV/AIDS Web Portal:This comprehensive web portal for the gender equality dimensions of the HIV/AIDS epidemic contains a wealth of information, including publications and articles that specifically address the intersections and linkages between gender-based violence and HIV. Click here
  • USAID: Gender-based Violence and HIV: A Program Guide for Integrating Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response in PEPFAR Programs (October 2011)
  • USAID: Integrating Gender Into Most-At-Risk Populations: Technical Brief (December 2010)
  • WHO and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2010). Preventing intimate partner violence: generating evidence and taking action. World Health Organization, Geneva. Click here
  • WHO Department of gender, women and health (2011). Gender mainstreaming for health managers: a practical approach. World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. Click here
  • WHO Department of gender, women and health (2009). Integrating gender into HIV/AIDS programmes in the health sector. Tool to improve responsiveness to women’s needs. World Health Organization. Geneva, Switzerland. Click here
  • Women won’t wait. An essential services package for an integrated response to HIV and Violence against women