Community self-assessment on Gender based Violence

Hi, I am Eric. I am based in Burundi.

A large part of my work involves communities. We are currently trying to facilitate community response to Gender based violence. We would like the communities to assess their competence on response to Gender-based violence. Is there already communities self-assessment grid  about Gender Based Violence?  If not, could you help me to improve this proposal that I adapted from another grid?
Can not paste the entire grid here, I just copied the practices.

Under each practice communities will rate themselves at what level they are from 1 to 5. Level 5 is the ultimate dream level. This will be followed by action planning.


1: Recognition and acceptance of GBV as a threat

2: Identify and address the vulnerabilities.

3: prompt access to treatment or adequate support measures

4: Zero tolerance of all forms of violence against women

5: Use of decentralized services of the Ministry at the provincial and municipal

6: Local structures (courts, municipalities, networks, etc.).

7: Response guided by a gender analysis

8: Training & knowledge transfer

9: Measuring change

10: Adapting our Response

11: Resources mobilization-We first mobilize our internal resources before looking for external resources

Thanks to Rituu for translation support. Cross posted from Constellation's online community

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Comment by Musaddiq on March 8, 2013 at 20:34

Actually there is no hard and fast rule if we (as facilitator) are among people/community; here i must appreciate the video talk on "Community Life Competence" and of course we have to develop our own understanding about certain social problem being faced by the community and developing linkages and logic. I also like the comment by Rebeka regarding the Framework and the Self Assessment. I think the most important thing is "the Process" which matters and it would be better if follow some guiding principles but not limited to.  Yes because its all about "Human" about us and again refer to that talk's question "which makes us human ???" and that's why it has different meanings for everyone with lot of options leading towards solutions. 

Comment by Rituu B Nanda on March 3, 2013 at 18:18

Tulasa Kharel from Nepal •the presentation was very good and I think there is series of challenges to conduct evaluation particularly with marginalized women. But, what you have tried to evaluate is very interesting.

Comment by Rituu B Nanda on February 22, 2013 at 14:29

Hi Ranjaniji,

Here is the link to the SALT approach. I am a facilitator:-)

Comment by Ranjani K.Murthy on February 22, 2013 at 14:23

Dear Rebeka

Would be grateful if you could share a web-link to the salt approach. If not available, a summary. Thanks Ranjani

Comment by Rituu B Nanda on February 22, 2013 at 14:15

Hi Eric,

We discussed a bit on skype. Carrying the discussion forward, wanted to ask how did you arrive at these practices? Did you do dream building with the community?

Also what was the understanding of the community on gender? You may consider provoking some thoughts on including men and sexual minorities in the definition. Curious to know which community was this- a geographical one?



Comment by Rituu B Nanda on February 22, 2013 at 14:00

Hi Eric,

The Constellation teams which have worked on this topic are Indonesia (Rebeka), Guyana (Abbas Mancey) and Rafique (India). Here is a document from Guyana

 And some photos

 Not related to the Constellation but Verona Groverman has facilitated self assessment on gender.

I am posting Indonesian experience as an example.

Rebeka sultana when she was with UNFPA, Indonesia
Hey Abbas,

Greetings from Jakarta!
Thanks for sharing Self/Community Assessment framework on GBV. I have not been following the discussions on ning lately so forgive me if I ask some strange questions that you have already discussed :-) First I congratulate you and the community that are inspired and felt that they must make a SA framework on GBV. Is it a 'Standard' for any community that wants to work on GBV? or this is for specific community and groups? Why I am asking this?
Let me share our learnings in Papua in Indonesia. There we facilitated the SALT approach and ACP tools to work and learn on Gender, Gender based violence and relaionships between men and women. As soon as we began meeting people and the communities we realized we got to get rid of the concepts of GBV, of Gender or what ever, Let learn from them. So when the SA frame work is developed at the end of a week long learning event it was community Assessment Framework not SA. The language they used was their own local language. You know with our work experience you , I and people like us can come up with 'beautiful SA' frame work but not necessarily that reflects a specific community. They are so diverse.
In Papua we began to learn even before we could land on a SA frame work:
Engage the community, all types of people and their representatives in the learning event,
It is about community addressing the issue, not outsiders, not us...
The first and formost question was 'who are we'? Policy makers? service providers? me as a wife, young girls group? Let it be clear at the out set of a SA frame work.

And then the SA for whom? "me and my husband who beats me often' ? 'or for our entire community'? Because before it becomes a community issue Domestic Violence happens between couple with out any trace of other people knowing it? So SA for whom? I trust you have gone through these questions, I willbe delighted to learn from those experiences.

I appreciate that in your SA you addressed men as well. Well done!

So please share your stories and then let us enjoy learning from this nice SA.

Comment by Ranjani K.Murthy on February 22, 2013 at 11:26

Existence of vigilance committee on gender based violence, and building on Eric's point existence of effective laws on gender based violence could be included. Cheers Ranjani 

Comment by BIHONEGN TEFERI AYNALEM on February 20, 2013 at 19:25

Hi Eric

You are trying to do better, and to me, it is better to assess existing policy gaps found in Burundi. Which could facilitate your work to the better.


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