Written by Godfrey Siu and Carolyn Namutebi (Makerere University).

The SVRI Forum 2019 has just ended in Cape Town. We were privileged to be among the over 700 delegates who participated in the highly interesting and sometimes emotional 5-day program that had been carefully curated for us.

Written by Emma Schlamm (YTH Initiative of ETR).

Everyone’s doing it. We’re talking about tech. The allure of technological solutions seems to permeate every sector, both public and private. Our lattes are made by robots, our doctors chat with us on FaceTime, and most recently, technology is being used in the global public health sphere.

Written by Willie Manson (Lucy Faithfull Foundation).

In October 2019 I was lucky enough to be granted a bursary to attend the SVRI Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. I was not to be presenting at the event which removed some of the pressure that I might normally feel and afforded me the fantastic opportunity to learn about research and interventions from across the world. 

Written by Manuela Balliet 

When I landed in Cape Town international airport on a lovely night and heard my suitcase was delayed with no clear prospect of return, I was frustrated. A week before traveling, I had planned carefully my outfit for each day of the conference and had wished to wear my favourite dress, a gift from my mother, to present at the prestigious SVRI conference.

Written by Manuel Contreras-Urbina and Elizabeth Rojas.

1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. Despite an increasing evidence base, the exact impact of economic empowerment programs on violence – and particularly on IPV – is still not clear.  

Written by Jaz Mann (DeafKidz International).

Are we doing enought to support D/deaf women and girls? Recently I had the privilege of attending the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Forum 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa, for the first time. I’d like to begin by giving a special thank you to the Sexual Violence Research Initiative for facilitating my attendance at the conference, with interpreters, through the award of a bursary for which I am extremely grateful.

Written by (CARE).

South Africa has some of the highest rates of GBV in the world. But it is also at the forefront of global efforts to understand more about GBV and specifically how to prevent it, hosting the 2019 conference of the SVRI.

Written by Jessica Zimerman and Diego Antoni (UNDP).

This blog highlights the discussions, debates, and ideas that emerged at the SVRI Forum 2019 on things that needs to be done in order to meet Sustainable Development Goal 5.2 on eliminating VAWG.

Written by Lisa Aronson Fontes and Irena Grgona.

Feeling dominated, humiliated & isolated at work? Could it be coercive control?

Submitted by Raising Voices. 

“I remain hopeful despite the challenges we face. I am inspired when I experience and witness transformation in my life and in the lives of others.  I am inspired when I dance, when I cry, and when I laugh.  When I work with others to overcome a huge challenge or achieve a goal, it gives me the energy to move on.

Written by Alessandra Guedes, Lusajo Kajula, Amber Peterman (UNICEF).

Reflections from the world’s premier conference on ending violence against women and violence against children from the Sexual Violence Research Initiative Forum 2019.

Written by Elizabeth Dartnall and Anik Gevers (SVRI).

Investing in local research is the best way to reduce and end abuse. For many of the practitioners and programmers who work to prevent child sexual abuse (CSA), research can seem time-consuming and costly. This is especially as there are often limited funds and an acute demand for services that respond to and prevent CSA.

Written by Darshana Gauchan.

A couple rides on a bicycle through the village, grocery bags hanging on the handlebars. They reach their home and the wife takes the groceries and heads into the kitchen. The husband blows dust off the bicycle chain and oils it. He then heads to the kitchen and begins to help his wife cut and prepare the vegetables for lunch. After lunch, husband and wife work together to wash the dishes, chatting as they do so.

Written by Prabin Nanicha Shrestha, Equal Access International

This was first published by The Rising Nepal National Daily. Permission to publish on the SVRI Blog was given by the author.

Written by Lisa Fontes

The trauma from FGM/C lasts throughout the lives of women and their communities. Let us not kid ourselves into thinking of FGM as a neutral or positive cultural practice: girls hemorrhage to death, and endure crippling infections for months or years after the cut.

Written by Tanushree Soni (Oxfam), Tomoko Honda (Monash University), Sarah Homan (The Equality Institute), and Loksee Leung (The Equality Institute)

The Solomon Islands consists of over 900 tropical islands and atolls, spread across 28,400 square kilometres of the South Pacific. The country has a rich and complex political and cultural history.

Written by Lisa Aronson Fontes

Domestic abusers often entrap their future victims with intense romance. 


Written by Jaclyn Shea, MPH

“At 12 I experienced a drunken man touching me…. When creating the illustrations for the app I imagined I was talking to that young girl,”

~ Monica Andino, Honduran Illustrator

[Photo 1: participants during a girls' workshop; Photo 2: Boys creating messages. Photos by YTH]

Written by Emma Schlamm and Jaclyn Shea

“It is not easy to be a girl in Honduras…” 16-year-old girl, Tegucigalpa

[Photo Credit: Ali Express]

#16DaysofActivism 2018 Blog Series

Written by Elizabeth Dartnall, SVRI and Anik Gevers, Independent Consultant

This was first published by Reproductive Health Matters. Permission to publish on the SVRI Blog was given by the authors.




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