Changemaker’s Reference Library

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The Compassion Globally Changemaker’s Reference Library is intended to serve as a dynamic source of information and a starting point for action. With links to organizations doing positive work to stop violence against women and girls, plus the best articles we can find, we want this list to be an invaluable resource for people who want to make, and support, change.

If you have a suggestion for an addition to this library, please email us!


5 ways men can address—and help prevent—sexual harassment at work [CNBC]

25 Rules For Raising Feminist Boys []

Kids learn sexism very early. Here’s how parents can help them unlearn it. []

How not to raise a sexist pig [Today’s Parent]



SWOVA [Saltspring Women Opposed to Violence and Abuse]
SWOVA empowers youth through education and skill building programs to have healthy and respectful relationships and developing the leaders of tomorrow. Their award-winning Respectful Relationships (R+R) Program empowers youth to have healthy relationships and develops their leadership skills.

White Ribbon
Since 1991, men have worn white ribbons as a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.


Sexual Violence Research Initiative
The SVRI aims to increase awareness and promote research on sexual violence and its linkages to other forms of violence to influence policy and practice, particularly in low and middle income countries. Here is one of their reports [PDF] on the effectiveness of intervening to prevent boys and young men from engaging in sexual violence.

The Oak Foundation
This group commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. This report summarize current knowledge of the effectiveness of childhood prevention/education programs.

No Means No Worldwide
Dual-gender skill building to help create a rape-free world. Also see this article on one of their successful programs.

Partners for Prevention
UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women & UNV regional joint programme for the prevention of violence against women and girls in Asia and the Pacific.

The Learning Network
An initiative of the University of Western Ontario Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women And Children, its purpose is to increase the effectiveness and reach of public education and professional training materials developed to address violence against women (VAW). Here’s their list of programs intended to help change behaviour and attitudes of men and boys.