Human Rights

Voices Against Violence: The GBV Global Initiative

Voices Against Violence: The GBV Global Initiative

Voices Against Violence: The GBV Global Initiative is a public-private-partnership between Vital Voices Global Partnership, the Avon Foundation for Women, and the U.S. Department of State. The Initiative is designed to ensure that victims and survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and harmful traditional practices around the world have better access to services, protection and the justice they deserve. As part of this program, the Initiative has the following objectives:

  1. Victims/Survivors of extreme forms of GBV have increased access to global resources that allow them to address their urgent needs in the aftermath of violence or the threat of violence
  2. Survivors of GBV have improved protections and access to justice, and CSOs have access to resources to advocate on behalf of survivors; and
  3. An international network is established to serve as a focal point and coordinate efforts around GBV.

The Initiative provides emergency assistance to support survivors of extreme forms of GBV and harmful traditional practices in the form of small, short-term emergency funding for expenses that include, but are not limited to, medical expenses, psychosocial support or counseling, emergency shelter or other safe accommodation, relocation expenses, livelihood and dependent support (including foster care and other forms of child care), and legal assistance. The program is meant to provide assistance to those in urgent situations with little to no alternatives for support. Individual survivors of GBV can request emergency assistance directly or through intermediaries such as civil society organizations, services providers, community or faith-based groups, and/or family members. Information about the urgent assistance is available in English, Spanish, French, Russian and Arabic.

To improve survivor protections and access to justice, the Initiative provides advocacy support and technical assistance to address gender-based violence globally. This includes, but is not limited to, specialized trainings for law enforcement and justice system actors around the implementation of laws that aim to protect victims, research to understand how to best to engage men and boys around GBV prevention, and advocacy campaigns in response to concrete incidents of gender-based violence against individuals or communities.


The Initiative is managed by a Consortium of organizations including the International Organization for Migration, Promundo-US, the Global Fund for Women, and led by Vital Voices Global Partnership.

Supported by: Avond Foundation for Women and The State Department 


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