Young Researcher’s Participation in SVRI Forum 2017

The Sexual Violence Research Initiative is pleased to announce five organizations from the global South that have been selected to form part of the “Being Heard” project. A collaborative effort involving SVRI and the international Centre, the “Being Heard” project is seeking to gather a more in-depth understanding of the most appropriate approaches to facilitating young person’s participation as researchers, as conference participants and as future leaders in efforts to reduce violence against children and the toll it imposes on the lives of children and their families.

Each organization will be sending a team of two youth researchers and one facilitator to the upcoming SVRI Forum 2017 that is scheduled to take place from 18-21 September in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Leading up to the conference participants will begin the process of reflecting upon their experiences conducting participatory research on child and youth sexual violence. They will also be encouraged to put forward ideas of key measures and standards that should be put in place to facilitate improved engagement of children and youth as researchers on sexual violence and as participants at international conferences. At the conference itself, the group of 15 participants will attend a pre-conference meeting where they will share their experiences conducting participatory research and gather new ideas and methodologies as a result of learning from one another. As part of the conference debriefing, they will also reflect on their experiences at the conference with a view to identifying ways to facilitate more meaningful participation of youth at international conferences. 

1. African Community Publishing Development Trust (ACPDT)

2. Centro de Defesa dos Direito da Criança e do Adolescente (CEDECA)

3. Elimu Mwangaza Tanzania

4.  PARCES NGO

5. Uganda Youth Development Link

A competitive selection process was used to identify successful organizations. Organizations were invited through a RFP process. Successful organizations were selected through a series of selection processes including a panel of youth reviewers.