Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is a global public health, development and human rights issue with far-reaching consequences for those who have experienced SGBV, their families and communities. Recognising the ability of religion to promote stability and cohesion in times of upheaval, and the fact that faith groups are present globally at grassroots-level, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) commissioned a scoping study on the role of faith communities in the prevention and response to SGBV. The scoping study builds on the work of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI). The JLI is an international collaboration on evidence for faith groups’ activities and contribution to community health and wellbeing. The research report contains nine chapters. First the scoping study methodology and how it was implemented, as well as the limitations of the study, are unpacked. Thereafter the literature that was mapped is explored and the general characteristics summarised into four tables. The Consultation Step data is used to explore the possible reasons for the current state of the evidence. This is followed by a reflection on the key challenges and opportunities of faith-based involvement in SGBV prevention and response, informed by the literature and the Consultation Step data. Then current key global SGBV strategies and policies are considered, and how these are effecting faith-based involvement and collaboration between sectors, followed by the report’s general conclusions and a set of recommendations. The final section of the report discusses the way forward.
le Roux, E. A scoping study on the role of faith communities and organisations in prevention and response to sexual and gender-based violence: Implications for policy and practice. (2015) 94 pp.