January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month, by Presidential proclamation. As we leave January behind, it’s imperative that we continue the fight against modern day slavery. Being focused for one month is certainly a great step in the right direction to raise awareness, but that’s not enough. Human trafficking occurs every hour, every day: 365 days, 52 weeks, 12 months a year.
Under the USAID ADVANTAGE IDIQ, EnCompass and consortia partner Counterpart International worked with USAID/Honduras to produce an in-depth analysis of GBV issues to inform the Mission’s development objective of increasing citizen security for vulnerable populations in urban, high-crime areas. EnCompass conducted primary research in the field, including survey research, focus groups, and individual interviews to identify and analyze the most common forms, incidences, and causes of GBV in target communities, wit
EnCompass serves in Gender and Quality Improvement advisor roles for the AIDSFree project, which aims to improve the effectiveness of high-impact, evidence-based HIV interventions, and accelerate the speed with which these interventions are brought to scale at the country-level. EnCompass provides capacity development and technical support to USAID missions, host-country governments, and HIV/AIDS implementers as a subcontractor to John Snow, Inc.
EnCompass and ADVANTAGE consortia partner Cardno designed and wrote two sector-specific GBV Resource Guides for USAID staff: one focused on the Education sector, including school-related GBV; and, the other focused on the Energy and Infrastructure sector. You can access and download the Resource Guides here:
USAID’s Advancing the Agenda of Gender Equality (ADVANTAGE) IDIQ is designed to strengthen USAID's capacity to integrate gender equality and women's empowerment systematically across USAID initiatives, programs, monitoring and evaluation efforts, and procurements by providing technical assistance and training relating to gender, gender-based violence (GBV) and trafficking in persons (TIP).
It is easy to abhor gender-based violence. Who would not be against rape, torture, mutilation, sexual slavery, forced impregnation and murder  of women and men on the basis of their gender? Apparently, many people. That is, many people are not against gender violence. According to the World Health Organization , in 2013, 35% of women have experienced violence in their lifetime. Thirty percent (30%) of women have experienced violence in an intimate relationship; and 38% of all murders of women are by an intimate partner. Support for violence against women is reflected in the following proverbs :