Evidence-based policy advocacy to reduce sexual violence in prisons in southern Africa
EHPSA is currently funding a project that aims to reduce sexual violence in prisons in southern Africa. This project, to be conducted by Sonke Gender Justice, is based on the understanding that sexual violence is one of the key drivers of HIV infection in prisons in the southern African region. It seeks to strengthen policy advocacy efforts to reduce sexual violence in prisons in South Africa and identify promising practices and lessons learned from these efforts. Policy advocacy, as well as knowledge and practice on this advocacy, will then be extended to new intervention sites in southern Africa, as well as further disseminated to HIV prevention and prisoner rights stakeholders across the region.
The project aims to:
- Improve government responses to sexual violence in prisons in South Africa;
- Strengthen responses to sexual violence in prisons in two additional countries;
- Track supported interventions and lessons learned; and
- Share learning from the focus countries within the region.