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[Photo by: Girls Not Brides] Written by Ellen Travers (Girls Not Brides) and Meg Greene (Greene Works)  This was first published by Girls Not Brides. Permission to publish on the SVRI Blog was given by the authors. 2016 was a big year for research on child marriage. New data and analysis emerged, bu...
Submitted by Amy Hill (StoryCenter’s Silence Speaks Director) and Jenn Warren (Grassroot Soccer South Africa’s Strategic Communications Manager) This was first published by StoryCenter. Permission to publish on the SVRI Blog was given by the authors. “I want to make sure that my voice is heard – and...
[Photo: WRC] Submitted by Melissa Garcia, International Consortium for Emergency Contraception, and Sarah Rich, Women’s Refugee Commission. Emergency contraception (EC) can reduce the risk of pregnancy after unprotected sex, including in cases of sexual violence. Global guidance is clear that EC s...
[Hermaphrodite. Roman Imperial Period, about 20 B.C. to A.D. 40] Submitted by Laura Nacyte The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court adheres to sex dualism. As a result, it denies legal protection to intersex victims of gender-based violence.   The adoption of the Rome Statute of the Inte...
[Photo retrieved from amyoes.com/galleries] Submitted by Amy Oestreicher At 18 years old, I was prepared to make a lot of life-changes.  After all, I was about to venture into the world of independence – that April, I had received my college acceptance letters. When an unforeseen blood clot caused m...
[Photo: Beauty Bites Beast]. Submitted by Ellen Snortland This was first published in the Huffington Post. Permission to publish on the SVRI Blog was given by the author. Uncharted Waters of Self-defense for Women When the world was still largely unexplored and considered “flat,” ancient maps marked...
[Photo retrieved from amyoes.com/galleries] Submitted by Amy Oestreicher When I speak at colleges about my own story of sexual abuse, I never forget how difficult it was for me to even speak the words,  "I was sexually abused." It took me an even longer time to believe it, or to understand it could...
[Photo retrieved from amyoes.com/galleries] Submitted by Amy Oestreicher Everyone has a place in sexual assault prevention. According to RAINN, an average of 68% of assaults in the last five years were not reported.  Together, we can help all survivors come forward to share their stories and heal. T...
[Photo: PCADV] Submitted by:  Erika Bonnevie Co-Authors:  Jennifer Wagman, Fred Nalugoda, Gertrude Nakigozi, Neema Nakyanjo, Paul Fleming The Problem: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is the most common form of violence against women and girls worldwide. Globally, 30% of women over age 15 have exper...
[Photo: World Vision Kenya] Submitted by Phiona Naserian Koyiet, World Vision Kenya, National Coordinator Gender and Disability. Mental health has a crucial role in the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence. However, to date most research and practice has focused on the role of mental healt...
[Photo: Adapted from World Bank Voices] Submitted by Jennifer Scott Throughout the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, we celebrate the strides made since the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991. Despite significant advances in programming and policy, gender-bas...
[Photo: Scott Wallace/World Bank] Submitted by Melissa Hidrobo and Shalini Roy Intimate partner violence (IPV) is the most pervasive form of violence globally—with 1 in 3 women physically or sexually abused by a partner in her lifetime. Despite knowing a lot about prevalence and detrimental impacts...
Guest Blogger/Author: Susan Bartels Co-Author: Saja Michael Child marriage has emerged as a negative coping strategy among Syrian families who have been forcibly displaced to Lebanon as a result of Syria’s ongoing conflict. Child marriage has profound implications, not just for the girl and for her...
Submitted by: Kristin Kay Gundersen  Co-Authors: Jamila K. Stockman, Kiyomi Tsuyuki, Daniela Knauth, and Regina Maria Barbosa One woman is victimized by violence every 15 seconds in Brazil, with a total of 23% of all Brazilian women experiencing violence in their lifetime. There are many notable con...
The Sexual Violence Research Initiative is looking for guest bloggers with original ideas and fresh outlooks. Blogs provide an opportunity to teach, share and inspire others. The SVRI and World Bank networks and platforms provide to a global audience of researchers, policy-makers, funders and many o...
[Photo: Raising Voices] Written by Sophie Namy, Raising Voices and Catherine Carlson, Global Mental Health Program/New York State Psychiatric Institute Around the world, violence against women (VAW) and violence against children (VAC) are happening in the same communities, homes, and families.  Prev...
[Image: edobrienhr] Submitted by Elizabeth Dartnall, SVRI The Family Planning High Impact Practices initiative is a global collective working to identify “high impact practices” in the field of family planning.  They have put out a brief on all current family planning programmes and practices assess...
[Image: joshmcclellan] Results from a sustained impact evaluation of a psychosocial intervention targeting men to prevent intimate partner violence. Written by Henny Slegh and Marian Tankink Promundo When Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is in the headlines, conflict, war, and rape are often t...
[Photo: IRC] Submitted by Sanni Bundgaard, Advisor for Care for Women Survivors, International Rescue Committee  Imagine a health center that is open, stocked with vaccines and fully staffed, in a region where measles is known to be endemic. But only three children are vaccinated every month. Would...
[Image: Juba, South Sudan, 2016] Written by Lizle Loots1 and Elizabeth Dartnall2 Independent Consultant1; Sexual Violence Research Initiative2 Violent conflict impacts significantly on individuals, communities, and whole societies. As we witness economies in warring countries collapse, we see how so...

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