The Gender Based Violence (GBV) Hub of the JLI is building on the momentum and efforts of a variety of members actively involved in GBV efforts across the world ranging from INGO’s, researchers, and faith groups, among others.

What are faith groups’ activities and contributions to the prevention of SGBV and to the protection and care of victims?

GBV Hub Secretary:

Prabu Deepan

Prabu Deepan, Tearfund

Hub Co-Chairs:

Diana Arango Elizabeth Dartnall
Diana Arango, World Bank Group Elizabeth Dartnall, SVRI

We are very appreciative to Lizle Loots, SVRI, who previously served as a Co-Chair of the JLI GBV Hub and Veena O’Sullivan, Tearfund who previously served as Secretary and Natalia Lester-Bush for Hub secretariat assistance.


The JLI GBV Hub strives to increase the quality and quantity of robust, practical evidence on the pervasive, but poorly understood and uncharted role of local faith communities (LFCs) (both positive and negative) in community health and development and GBV prevention.

At the same time it will collect evidence that will enable FBOs to respond in a more nuanced way in their GBV prevention activities, as well as data that can be used to mobilize FBO engagement on GBV prevention. Thirdly, it will test research designs and tools to measure FBO response to GBV. The lessons learnt will enable the development of research methodology and tools that can be used to measure FBO response and impact on GBV prevention in other locations in the world.

This research will help bridge the evidence gap, provide practitioners, policy makers and donors with robust evidence and actionable policy and programmatic recommendations in order to influence policy, praxis and funding decisions, transforming the quality and impact of partnerships between FBOs and other development actors. The goal is for the research to eventually enable multi-sectoral responses and partnerships on SGBV prevention.

Recent GBV Hub Publications

Religion, Development and GBV

Agenda setting report by Dr Elisabet le Roux and the GBV Hub published May 2019 with the PaRD SDG 5 Work-Stream and presented at CSW 63

View the 2018-2019 GBV Hub webinar series


Previous Hub Evidence Work

From 2017-2018 the GBV Hub conducted a UK Aid funded study on engaging religious leaders to challenge harmful and traditional practices. Led by Elisabet le Roux and Selina Palm (Stellenbosch), Brenda Bartelink (University of Groningen). The toolkit is available on the JLI GBV Hub.

Read more here