UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Making Progress in Prevention Possible

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In partnership with UN Women, The Equality Institute developed a monitoring framework for the prevention of violence against women and girls in the Asia-Pacific region.

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The framework was developed to guide policymakers and practitioners in monitoring progress towards the prevention of violence against women and girls (VAWG), tailored to the needs of countries in the Asia-Pacific region.


The framework was prepared by The Equality Institute for UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. It has been funded by the Government of Australia through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The primary intended audiences include policymakers, practitioners, funders and organisations working at the national or local government level and at the regional Asia Pacific level; and academics and researchers interested in measuring progress towards the primary prevention of VAWG.


This framework is adapted from Our Watch’s Counting on Change: A Guide to Prevention Monitoring and aligns with the RESPECT Framework and the Sustainable Development Goal Agenda). It was developed through a review of the evidence, qualitative research, and peer review.

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Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights worldwide, globally affecting around one in three women in their lifetime. However, it can be prevented. The ultimate goal of primary prevention is that women and girls live free from violence. However, to progress toward this long-term goal, changes must be made in the short and medium-term. This monitoring framework will contribute to greater consistency in the monitoring of VAWG prevention; comparability of data; and shared learning and capacity-strengthening on prevention monitoring across the Asia-Pacific region.