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Theme 6: Engaging Youth in Preventing Violence against Girls and Women

Project Goal

To reduce rates of violence against girls and women in communities.

Project Objective

Through youth-led projects, to develop and strengthen the skills of young women and girls, young men and boys to identify and respond to issues of gender-based violence in their communities.


The 24-month project will develop/adapt approaches to engaging youth in violence prevention. Youth will identify the issues of violence affecting girls and young women in their communities, expand their knowledge of these issues, develop leadership skills, and deliver innovative youth-led projects to address the issues within their communities.

Funding Available

Up to $200,000 for a 24-month project.

Key Activities

  1. Plan project and adapt to specific local/target population needs.
    • Conduct a gender-based analysis and youth-led needs assessment of their community with respect to the issue of violence against women, with a focus on emerging issues such as cyber-bullying and hypersexualization, as well as ongoing issues such as culturally motivated violence and dating violence.
    • Identify potential allies and/or project partners (youth and other organizations).
  2. Develop/adapt engagement models for youth to address the priority challenges they have identified in their communities.
  3. Delivery and implementation.
    • Project participants receive:
      • Knowledge and training on violence against women, gender-based analysis and community leadership including facilitation techniques).
      • A mentorship component could link participants (young women and girls) with city councillors and members of community boards of directors.
    • Project participants will then apply what they have learned to the delivery of youth-led innovative community-based projects that address one or more of the issues underlying violence against women.
    • Participants will have opportunities to engage, educate and network with community members as well as youth and other organizations.
  4. Evaluate the project
  5. Share results

Planned Results (after project's end)

  • Project participants have increased understanding of issues relating to violence against girls and women.
  • Project participants have gained/strengthened skills to identify and respond to issues relating to violence against girls and women in their communities.
  • More young women are actively engaging and taking on leadership roles to address pressing issues in their communities.
  • Community members have increased their awareness of issues relating to gender-based violence.

Project Deliverables (after approval)

Month 4

Detailed work plan and budget, list of project allies and partners, results management framework, evaluation plan.

Month 12

Interim report and strategy to share knowledge.

Month 24

Final report and evaluation.