Please be aware that some of the accounts in these reports describe sexual violence in graphic detail and may be distressing to some readers.
Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is a global epidemic affecting approximately 40 per cent of women and girls, irrespective of social status, ethnicity or age. Our goal is to shine a light on the views and needs of survivors of SGBV and show how we can work effectively with faith communities to reduce SGBV, positively change attitudes towards survivors, and transform social norms and behaviour around SGBV.
Our resources and research are arranged thematically into the specific areas in which we work and the unique approaches we use. We have a range of research pieces based on listening to survivors of different types of SGBV, as well as resources and tools to support people working with communities on these issues.
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
Tools and Bible Studies
Community-based research: Potential role of the church
Are we listening to survivors? A qualitative research
English (PDF 1.2 MB)
Our daughters’ voices - Working in faith communities to heal the wounds of sexual violence in Myanmar
English (PDF 446 KB) and Myanmar language (PDF 12.4 MB)
Falling on deaf ears? Listening to survivors of sexual and gender based violence in Plateau state, Nigeria
English (PDF 1.4 MB)
Lifting our voices, building hope: Listening to survivors of sexual violence in Colombia
English (PDF 572 KB) and Spanish (PDF 582 KB)
To Make our Voices Heard: Listening to survivors of sexual violence in Central African Republic
English (PDF 672 KB) and French (PDF 670 KB)
If I speak out: Will it change?
English (PDF 450 KB)
French (PDF 462 KB)
Breaking the Silence - Kwa Zulu natal - South Africa
Executive Summary (PDF 1.6 MB)
Waiting to Speak - Western Cape - South Africa
Executive summary (PDF 316 KB)
Breaking the Silence - Burundi
Full report (PDF 400 KB)
Transforming Masculinities is an evidence-based approach to transforming harmful concepts of gender and masculinities, and to promoting gender equality. Our goal is to change social norms and behaviour around sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), by working through and within faith communities. More information and resources
Gender, masculinities and social cohesion: exploring the links of religion, religious communities in shaping norms around gender, masculinities and social cohesion in Plateau state, Nigeria
English (PDF 1.5 MB)
Exploring the linkages of gender, masculinities and faith: A qualitative research report on sexual and gender-based
violence in Liberia
English (PDF 245 KB)
Gender norms, violence and concepts of masculinity: A qualitative research report on faith communities’ perceptions and experience in Bangui, Central African Republic
English (PDF 429 KB)
French (PDF 457 KB)
Transforming Masculinities – Great Lakes Region
Summary Report: Social attitudes and practices of men in relation to gender
English (PDF 3.5 MB)
French (PDF 2.9 MB)
Masculinities, faith and ending sexual and gender-based violence
DRC Summary Report – English (PDF 1.6 MB) NEW! French (PDF 495 KB)
Burundi Summary Report – English (PDF 917 KB) NEW! French (PDF 786 KB)
Rwanda Summary Report – English (PDF 1.1 MB) NEW! French (PDF 433 KB)
Faith or tradition? The role of faith in ending FGM/C in Mali
Executive report in English (PDF 1.8 MB)
Executive report in French (PDF 1.4 MB)
Faith or tradition? The role of faith in ending FGM/C in Chad
French (PDF 740 KB)
Community-based research: Potential role of the church to end FGM/C in Tanzania
Summary report in English (PDF 256 KB) and Kiswahili (PDF 329 KB)
Full report in English (PDF 604 KB)
Community-based research: Potential role of the church to end FGM/C in Kenya.
Summary report in English (PDF 980 KB)
Hand in hand: Bible studies to transform our response to sexual violence
This booklet contains 12 Bible studies covering a range of topics related to sexual violence. Individual studies include 'Sexual violence in the Bible', 'Gender and restoring relationships', 'Challenging violence within families' and 'Responding to practical needs'. The booklet includes guidance for facilitators and advice on adapting the Bible studies for use as sermons.
English (PDF 1.5 MB), French (PDF 1.5 MB) and Portuguese (PDF 1.5 MB)
Rethinking relationships: from violence to equality in the DRC, evidence brief.
Key findings of endline survey undertaken across 15 communities in Ituri Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo about faith, gender norms and SGBV in conflict affected communities.
English (PDF 1.1 MB)
Does faith matter? - Key findings of a baseline survey undertaken across 15 communities in Ituri Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo about faith, gender norms and SGBV in conflict affected communities.
English (PDF 505 KB), French (PDF 537 KB)
Does faith matter? - Policy brief
English (PDF 335 KB), French (PDF 799 KB)
Who can I turn to? - Mapping social connections, trust and problem-solving among conflict-affected populations
English (PDF 468 KB)
Who can I turn to? - Policy brief
English (PDF 473 KB)
Silent No More
Breaking the Silence: report on the role of the South African church to end sexual violence
English (PDF 369 KB)