Gender-based violence

Our main focus

Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the themes that Share-Net Netherlands is focusing on. This Community of Practice (CoP) aims to align with many different initiatives that are already organised around this broad topic. The main goal of this CoP is to generate new knowledge and share experiences and knowledge to inform and influence research, policy and practice internationally as well as in the Netherlands.

What we do

The Community of Practice organised their first thematic meeting in 2014. A follow up thematic meeting was held on the 8th of December 2016 during the 16 days campaign against violence against women together with the launch of the ‘End Violence against Women and Girls’ campaign.

In June 2020, the CoP resumed due to the commitment of the new members as presented below. On a regular basis, CoP members engage in discussions and exchange to learn from each other about issues and challenge around gender-based violence internationally. Future plans include the organisation of GBV-related events to disseminate and exchange existing knowledge and to jointly apply for research funding in 2021.

In 2020, the CoP supported Share-Net Netherlands in their campaign during the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. The campaign collectivised Share-Net Netherlands’ members and their partners voices unpacking how collaboration, solidarity and passion can end GBV!

In December 2020, the CoP organised an online meeting to unpack the concept of sexual harassment in the light of the new Dutch draft law on sexual crimes. Laura Ader (Fairspace), Enas Hamdy (HarassMap Egypt) and Wouter Stes (Plan International Belgium) discussed the concept of harassment, the implications of criminalising harassment and best practices in ending this form of gender-based violence. You can re-watch the recording of the webinar here.

CoP activities 2021

Taking up the main learnings from the webinar in December 2020, the SNNL CoP on GBV followed-up on the event by creating a policy brief on sexual harassment in the Netherlands and recommendations for prevention. Access the policy brief and an infographic here.

Share-Net Netherlands also organised a campaign around the 16 days of activism this year. Use the hashtag #SNFromAwareness2Action to find back the discussion and our members’ solutions and useful information on ending gender-based violence that were shared throughout this period!

CoP activities 2022

In 2021 the CoP set out to gain a better understanding on the status of GBV reporting in Dutch printed media. Finalised in 2022, this report reflects on the following research questions:

  • How can GBV be framed in a way that is free from harmful gender norms and stigma?
  • How is gender based violence currently being framed in Dutch printed media?

The findings are drawn from interviews with Dutch Journalists and a qualitative analysis of 112 articles from eight Dutch national newspapers covering the time frame of March to September 2021. Read the full report in English here and in Dutch here.

Who we are

  • Nieneke van den Akker (Cordaid)
  • Lindsay van Clief (Simavi)
  • Tess Vanacker (Amref Flying Doctors)
  • Laura Ader (Fairspace)
  • Myrthe van Gestel (Fairspace)
  • Daniela Torres (Individual member)
  • Merette Khalil (Individual member)
  • Camila Montecinos (Neighbourhood Feminists)
  • Ophelia Chatterjee (KIT)
  • Guido Kleene (Rutgers)
  • Agatha Levi (Individual member)

CoP members can access their online working space on Mighty networks via this link (Share-Net Netherlands members only).

To contact us directly please write to Bless-me Ajani at!

Resources on Gender-based violence

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