The Global Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls
is an online resource in English, French and Spanish, designed to serve the needs of policymakers, programme implementers and other practitioners dedicated to addressing violence against women and girls. The Centre is an initiative of UN Women, bringing together the valuable contributions of expert organizations and individuals, governments, United Nations sister agencies, and a wide range of relevant actors. Part of the overall effort is encouraging shared ownership of the site and ongoing partnership-building for its continuous development and sustainability.
The primary purpose of the Global Virtual Knowledge Centre is to encourage and support evidence-based programming to more efficiently and effectively design, implement, monitor and evaluate initiatives to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls. To achieve this, the Global Virtual Knowledge Centre offers a ‘one stop’ service to users by making available the leading tools and evidence on what works to address violence against women and girls. It draws on expert recommendations, policy and programme evaluations and assessments, and fundamentally, on practitioners’ experiences from around the world.
The site offers users:
step-by-step guidance on ‘how to’ work with specific sectors, groups or areas of intervention
proven and promising approaches
recommended training and other practical tools for implementation
a roster of specialized organizations, by country and languages
summaries of evaluations and key findings
links to key sources of data and other on-line resources
an emerging observatory of leading initiatives; and
a calendar of major events and training opportunities.
The more than 800 products and features available in over 60 languages is expanded and updated on an ongoing basis to ensure that practitioners have timely access to current information, knowledge and resources. Programming modules are also rolling out on an ongoing basis with shelters, violence in conflict/pos-tconflict and primary prevention slated for release in 2012.
In addition to functioning as a user-friendly central repository, the Global Virtual Knowledge Centre will offer practitioners enriched opportunities for knowledge sharing and communication through forthcoming interactive spaces and technical webinars.
Register for the site to receive updates and to provide feedback during our annual survey. Your opinions are important in helping improve and shape this resource.
See past survey results:
Webinar Assessments. Available for Costing (October 2011).
Original Concept and Overall Leadership - Maria Jose Alcala, Senior Adviser
Technical Content and Management - Dina Deligiorgis, Knowledge Management Specialist
Research, Content and Website Support - Sunita Caminha, Research Specialist
Communications – Aldijana Sisic, Communications and Resource Mobilization Specialist (2009)
Administration – Connie Britton (2009-2010); Kutisha Ebron (2010-2011); Patricia Codazzi (2011); and Talita Mattos (2009-2011)
UNIFEM/UN Women Consultants and Interns: Kathleen Bernadette, Meagan Bovell, Megan Dersnah, Nery Joubert, Arati Rao and Abigail Weitzman (2009); Sophie Berlamont (2010); Sophie Browne (Summer 2011); Maria Adams (2012-2013).
Michel Coclet (French)
Pierre Fabian (French)
Ana Maria Caro (Spanish)
Ana Cizmich (Spanish)
Betty Schmoller (Spanish)
Martin Schmoller (Spanish)
Father feeding daughter (0-11 months) on street - Getty Images/ Maskot
Kids play at a child protective place - UNICEF Pakistan/2011/Asad Zaidi
Matunduzi School, Girls Education Support Initiative, Malawi 2012 - Erik Törner/ IM Individuell Människohjälp
Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, woman is working on a "Vengeance" dive bomber, Players celebrating victory in a football game - Getty Images/ Cameron Spencer
Tennessee - Palmer, Alfred T./ Library of Congress
Subsistence Farming in Altiplano, Bolivia - UN Photo/Jeffrey Foxx
Sudanese Weigh in on Peace Agreement in Blue Nile State - UN Photo/Tim McKulka
Three young teenagers ride their bikes for school or high school - UNFPA
Timor-Leste Holds Second Round of Presidential Election - UN Photo/Bernardino Soares
UNMIT UNPOL Officers - UN Photo/Martine Perret
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