The Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls

Launched in 2010, this online resource in English, French and Spanish, is designed to serve the needs of policymakers, programme implementers and other practitioners dedicated to addressing violence against women and girls. The Centre is an initiative of UN Women, bringing together the valuable contributions of expert organizations and individuals, governments, United Nations sister agencies, and a wide range of relevant actors. Part of the overall effort is encouraging shared ownership of the site and ongoing partnership-building for its continuous development and sustainability.

The primary purpose of the Global Virtual Knowledge Centre is to encourage and support evidence-based programming to more efficiently and effectively design, implement, monitor and evaluate initiatives to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls.  To achieve this, the Global Virtual Knowledge Centre offers a ‘one stop’ service to users by making available the leading tools and evidence on what works to address violence against women and girls. It draws on expert recommendations, policy and programme evaluations and assessments, and fundamentally, on practitioners’ experiences from around the world. 


The site offers users:

  • step-by-step guidance on ‘how to’ work with specific sectors, groups or areas of intervention
  • promising practice case studies
  • recommended training and other practical tools for implementation
  • summaries of evaluations and key findings
  • links to key sources of data and other on-line resources
  •  information on UN joint initiatives
  • a calendar of major events and training opportunities. 


Browse the site, register to receive periodic updates or contact us if you need programming support.

Today we receive over 2 million visitors per year.  To better understand how the site has been accessed and used, please see past survey results:

Virtual Knowledge Centre 12 month Survey Report for 2010 (in English, French and Spanish), 2011 (in English, French and Spanish) and 2012.

Help Desk Rapid Assessments. Available for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Webinar Assessments.  Available for Costing (October 2011).




Original Concept and Overall Leadership - Maria Jose Alcala, Former Chief, EVAW Section

Technical Content and Management - Dina Deligiorgis, Policy Specialist



Michel Coclet (French)

Pierre Fabian (French)

Ana Cizmich (Spanish)

Betty Schmoller (Spanish)

Prime Productions (Spanish)


Website Design and Development: Luccaco and Lon Digital