Skip NavigationMenu

Gender-Based Violence

A woman uses a selfie stick to take a photo of the Power Up group. They are in front of a board of ideas. 

Power Up: Addressing Gender-based Violence and Safeguarding Freedom of Expression

March 1, 2024

Program Snapshot Post

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated gender-based violence, leading to the closure of shelters, weakened support systems, and diminished economic opportunities, rights, and security for women and girls. In Asia and the Pacific, rates of intimate partner violence surpass the global average of 27%, and 75% of women in the region experienced sexual h… Read more


Nabilan Program

August 15, 2023


The Nabilan program seeks to end violence against women and children in Timor-Leste. The program is a partnership between the Australian and Timor-Leste governments, implemented by The Asia Foundation in Timor-Leste. The program has two core pillars, services and prevention, through which Nabilan activities seek to foster gender equality and positi… Read more


Expanding Opportunities in the Digital Economy for Women Entrepreneurs

December 9, 2021


Among the many challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic are widening gender gaps in economic opportunity, especially in a rapidly changing world economy that is becoming increasingly digitized. Covid-19 mobility restrictions and lockdowns hastened businesses’ transition to e-commerce and digital trade, yet many businesses were—and still ar… Read more


911 National Emergency Hotline to Assist VAWC and GBV Survivors in The Philippines

December 8, 2021

News Post

Victim-survivors of Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) can now access emergency response and psychological support using the enhanced 911 National Emergency Hotline. Local statistics show that incidences of sexual and gender-based violence and crimes against women and children were exacerbated during the Covi… Read more

Ribbon cutting for new WBC 

The Asia Foundation Expands Support for Women Entrepreneurs in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, December 3, 2021

News Post

The Asia Foundation Mongolia established the first satellite branch of its Women’s Business Center (WBC) in Arvaikheer, Uvurkhangai aimag with support from the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada, the Australian Government, and the private philanthropy group the Lotus Circle. The WBC supports current and aspiring women entrepreneurs… Read more


Inside Justice: Enabling Justice for Victim Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Sharing of The Asia Foundation’s Experiences

September 30, 2021


This report is for individuals and organizations working on women’s rights and eradicating violence against women and girls from various sectors including the development sector and justice sector. While acknowledging that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to designing and implementing projects on responding to domestic, sexual, and gender-bas… Read more


Why Accessing Justice is Challenging for Victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

September 30, 2021


This report is for anyone interested in understanding the process and challenges faced by a victim-survivor of domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence within the formal legal redress mechanism. This research was conducted by the Inside Justice Project’s main implementing partner Women in Need (WIN). It compiles victim survivors’ experiences and… Read more


Handbook on Victim Assistance

September 30, 2021


This handbook is for those who directly interact with and provide services to victim-survivors of domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence, including first responders and those providing counseling and legal aid services. The handbook was compiled for Women in Need (WIN) with The Asia Foundation’s technical support. It was developed through a co… Read more


Inside Justice: Enabling Justice for Victim Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Notes for Legal Practitioners

September 30, 2021


This report consists of brief notes for legal professionals including judicial officers, lawyers, prosecutors, and legal aid providers as well as aspiring legal professionals and law students. Highlighting the need for gender-sensitive legal practitioners, the report presents findings documented through the exploration of formal justice sector resp… Read more


“Violence Against Women is Not a Game” Campaign in Sri Lanka

September 30, 2021

Program Snapshot Post

The Asia Foundation, Sri Lanka ran a media campaign, Violence Against Women is Not A Game. These interactive public awareness posts highlight some key information on justice sector responses to cases of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) including domestic violence. The series of four adverts showcase a word search dealing with SGBV covered un… Read more

Women poses outside in Bangladesh 

Helping an Unlikely Entrepreneur to Keep Safe and Prosper

March 17, 2021

Blog Post

It’s remarkable enough that Marjina Begum, born in a rural village and married at 13, now employs 560 women in a business she built herself, but she also found a way to keep them safe and Covid-free—with help from The Asia Foundation.


Connecting Private Lawyers with Women Victims of Violence in Indonesia

December 9, 2020

Blog Post

In the vast archipelago of Indonesia, lawyers in remote areas are hard to find. As pandemic stress has caused rates of violence against women to soar, a new project from The Asia Foundation is connecting rural victims with pro bono lawyers eager to help.


Gender Sensitive Policing in Public Spaces

September 22, 2020


This Manual is the outcome of findings of comprehensive need assessments, observation visits, and expert panel consultations conducted in the three cities of Bhopal, Gwalior, and Jodhpur where police officials, women’s help desks and women police stations, survivors of gender based violence, civil society organizations (NGOs), paralegals, academici… Read more


Preventing Violence Against Women and Supporting Victims in Mongolia

August 26, 2020

Program Snapshot Post

Although Mongolia has done well on many measures of gender equality, Mongolian women still face gender inequality, and rates of violence and evident power imbalances remain significant challenges. The Asia Foundation is committed to supporting the survivors of violence against women in Mongolia with Korea’s official development assistance. The Mini… Read more


The Visa Foundation and The Asia Foundation Partner to Respond to the Impact of Covid-19 on Women and Girls in Asia

August 11, 2020

News Post

The Visa Foundation and The Asia Foundation launched a new partnership to support women’s economic advancement and address rising incidences of gender-based violence (GBV) across Malaysia, Myanmar, and Nepal. This partnership is part of The Visa Foundation’s commitment to support small and micro-business that aligns with its long-term focus on wome… Read more


In Asia, Not All Homes Are Safe: We Need an Urgent Shift in Thinking

April 15, 2020

Blog Post

Even before Covid-19 lockdowns were put in place, experts were warning of the additional dangers they could pose to women.


The Asia Foundation Hosts “Safety for She” Conference with SafetiPin, KOICA, and CSR

December 9, 2019

Media Coverage Post

The Asia Foundation, with support from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and in partnership with SafetiPin and the Centre for Social Research (CSR), held a national conference, Safety for She: Building Equitable Urban Spaces. The conference brought together experts and stakeholders and facilitated discussions on how to improve wome… Read more


The Gender Lab Boys Program

September 11, 2019

Blog Post

From 2018 to 2019, 2,500 boys from 61 schools in Mumbai, Indore, and Delhi, India, took a journey to redefine masculinity and stand up to gender-based violence. The Gender Lab Boys Program is the brainchild of cofounders Akshat Singhal and Ayushi Banerji, strong believers in the power of collective action who say they are out to change a patriarcha… Read more


Specialized Training for Frontline Social Services Workers Expands Its Reach Across Timor-Leste

April 1, 2019

Program Snapshot Post

In one of Asia’s youngest and poorest nations, Timor-Leste’s social services are in high demand. Local crisis shelters, youth organizations, health facilities, disabled people’s organizations and other frontline services perform vital work in supporting vulnerable people and communities. However, training and professional development opportunities… Read more


5th Annual #GBVchat Tweetchat Relay

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Events Post

8:00 am – 4:00 pm EST The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign which runs annually from November 25th (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day). We invite you to join us for our fifth annual global tweetchat relay to mark the 16 Days of Activism (#16days… Read more


Intimate Partner Violence against Women in Timor-Leste

September 27, 2018


Understanding the differences between the Nabilan Baseline Study and the Demographic and Health Survey The Asia Foundation undertook the Nabilan Health and Life Experiences Study (the Nabilan Study) from July to September 2015. The purpose of the study was to generate rigorous, reliable data from women and men in Timor-Leste on the prevalence and p… Read more


Key Laws Impacting Women in Myanmar

August 1, 2018

Program Snapshot Post

Myanmar has long had a stated commitment to women’s role in public life. It was among the first countries in Asia to grant women the right to vote, in 1935. Myanmar endorsed the Beijing Declaration in 1995 and became a signatory to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in 1997. The National Strategic Plan fo… Read more


Reflections on the Gender 360 Summit

Washington, DC, August 1, 2018

Program Snapshot Post

More than 300 gender and youth practitioners convened last month in Washington, DC, for the Gender 360 Summit to explore the theme of positive girl and boy development. Panels examined how gender issues intersect with health, education, economic empowerment, and gender-based violence among girls, boys, and youth of diverse gender identities. Over t… Read more


Seven Questions to Consider When Promoting Gender Justice in Sri Lanka

June 6, 2018

Blog Post

In October 2016, The Asia Foundation’s Sri Lanka office began a project to make that country’s formal justice system more responsive to victims of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Seventeen months later, and after five decades of working with security and justice institutions and promoting women’s rights in Sri Lanka, here are our insights… Read more

Respect Women banner 

Four Things to Know About Gender-Based Violence in Asia

March 14, 2018

Blog Post

Globally, one in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. On March 6, The Asia Foundation in Washington, D.C., hosted a panel discussion on why gender-based violence remains so prevalent in Asia and the legal frameworks that exist (or don’t, but should) to protect women and girls. Here are four key takeaways f… Read more

Ending Violence Against Women and Girls program profile cover image 

Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

March 7, 2018


Gender-based violence is one of the most prevalent and destructive problems that women and girls face in the world, constraining their full participation in social, economic, and political life, and with negative repercussions for societies as a whole. The Asia Foundation pursues a holistic approach to ending violence against women and girls throug… Read more


Legislation Alone Cannot Protect Pakistan’s Children

January 17, 2018

Blog Post

The murder and rape of seven-year-old Zainab Amin, whose body was found on a heap of garbage a short walk from her home in Kasur, Pakistan, has resulted in thousands of people taking to the streets in fury, demanding justice. The outpouring of anger resulted in violent clashes that left two dead. Police on Saturday released a sketch of the suspect,… Read more


Victim-Blaming Perpetuates Violence Against Women in Timor-Leste

January 17, 2018

Blog Post

A few months ago, while I was finishing my morning bike ride before work, a guy in a black and red hoodie on a motorbike came up behind me, reached around and grabbed my breast, then sped off down the road. It was 7:30 am and this was a bustling (by Dili standards) street at peak hour. No one said anything. No one did anything. I, myself, was too i… Read more


New Police Database Documents Violence Against Women and Children in Sri Lanka

November 29, 2017

Blog Post

The “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence,” a global campaign that runs through December 10, occurs this year against the backdrop of an unprecedented global uproar against sexual harassment and other forms of violence that women face. Across Asia, as in many countries, violence against women continues to be one of the most widespread… Read more

woman in India 

Join Global Conversation on Gender-Based Violence December 6

November 29, 2017

Blog Post

On December 6, The Asia Foundation joins eight other development organizations for a day-long global tweet chat to mark the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign” (#16Days). From 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. ET, The Asia Foundation and its women’s empowerment and gender equality experts will lead a session on “Seeking Justice for GBV… Read more


A Practical Guide to Monitoring Violence Against Women in Television

November 7, 2017


Television (TV) monitoring is the process of watching and/or listening to the content of TV sources on a continuing basis, and then, identifying, saving and analyzing content that contains specific keywords, images or topics. This manual is intended to provide concise, clear and efficient methods for organizations to monitor the type and amount of… Read more


Four Takeaways from Global Forum on Preventing Violence Against Women

October 4, 2017

Blog Post

From September 18-21, more than 500 researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and activists gathered in Rio de Janeiro for the 5th Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Forum, to share quantitative and qualitative data about the characteristics of sexual and intimate partner violence across settings, and evidence of what works for the prevent… Read more


Community Alcohol Notification System (CANS): For Safer and Healthier Communities

July 24, 2017


The Asia Foundation’s research in 2015 on contributing factors for IPV found alcohol abuse to be a significant risk factor in triggering IPV, both in frequency and severity. Despite the wide-ranging presence of international and local alcohol brands and products, Cambodia still has no enforceable minimum drinking age, no limitation on serving alcoh… Read more


Be Bold for Change: Sparking Transformations for Women in Bangladesh

March 1, 2017

Blog Post

In reflecting on International Women’s Day and the women’s rights movements across Asia in the past year, I am reminded of a trip to Bangladesh I took in November. My trip coincided with discussions that were happening in the government on draft legislation that would allow child marriage in “special circumstances,” such as accidental or unlawful p… Read more


Violence Against Women in Korean Television Dramas

June 25, 2016


With the growing popularity of Korean dramas, a problem that is important to examine is the prevalence of violent acts that appear in recent dramas and that are often glamorized. Some scholars argue that violence present in Korean dramas can have a negative influence on viewers particularly considering their prevalence on Korean television. In this… Read more


Audience Feedback Study of Pekmi Group’s Comedy Programs

June 25, 2016


The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is supporting the Cambodian Ministry of Women’s Affairs to change attitudes and prevent violence so that women and girls can feel safe in their homes, in the workplace and in their communities. Under the DFAT-funded Ending Violence Against Women Program, The Asia Foundation’s Prevention of Inti… Read more


SafetiPin: A Tool to Build Safer Cities for Women

May 11, 2016

Blog Post

The gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a New Delhi bus in 2012 sparked national outrage in India. Since then, other brutal acts of violence have taken place in India’s cities, including the rape and murder of a 30-year-old law student on April 28 in Kerala. There were 337,922 reported crimes against women in 2014, among them over 36,000 were rape…. Read more