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SVRI would like to announce the following Satellites sessions that will be held during the Forum. The Satellite host would like to invite delegates interested in these topics to their sessions.

SATELITE 1: Exploring the links between intimate partner violence and family planning use: building knowledge for normative change to promote adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health

Date: 20 September 2017
Time:17:00 – 19:00
Hosted by:  Tearfund and Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) Passages
Project Gender-based Violence Task Team www.passagesproject.org
Co-sponsored by Promundo

Research identifies gender-based violence (GBV), particularly intimate partner violence (IPV), as an important barrier to family planning (FP) uptake.  Nevertheless, the influence of GBV and IPV on FP use is not well understood or researched. This consultation will present findings from research by Passages and partners examining the intersection of these two areas, capturing existing programming on these linkages, identifying where there are gaps in related knowledge and practice, and exploring the implications for work on shifting social and gender norms on IPV and FP in order to promote adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health.

The event will include presentations from Tearfund, IRH and Promundo. There will also be a Q&A section with the opportunity to input into how this can contribute to the field.  Refreshments will be provided.

Passages is a USAID-funded project focused on transforming social norms for adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health.


SATELLITE 2: INSPIRE:Seven Strategies for Ending Violence Against Children

Date: 20 September 2017
Time: 15:30 – 18:30
Hosted by: Together for Girls and the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children

INSPIRE is a new tool that promotes evidence-­‐based violence against children (VAC) prevention and response. In the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, which targets to end all forms of VAC, this session will present the INSPIRE framework and identify strategies for translating research into programmatic action, and discuss existing inter-­‐agency and multi-­‐sectoral partnerships, tools and initiatives relating to the prevention of VAC.


SATELLITE 3: Understanding and using research for preventing Violence against Women and Girls: Policymakers’ and Donors’ Satellite meeting (To apply for this satellite, please complete the application form)

Date: 18 September 2017
Time: 09:00 – 16:00
Hosted by: What Work, World Health Organisation, UN Women, UKaid

Using Evidence to Inform Policy and Donor Decision Making to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls

  • Would you like to understand more about research, how to interpret research findings and understand why they differ between different studies in your country?
  • Would you like to understand more about what we know about what works to prevent violence and how to decide what evidence to trust?
  • Would you like to know more about the UN Prevention Framework to end Violence against Women and how it can be used to build prevention in your country?
  • Would you like an opportunity to network with like-minded others trying to promote VAWG prevention in different countries?

The Satellite meeting includes:

Skills building
Dr Kristin Dunkle,
Senior Scientist and Dr Esnat Chirwa, Statistician, South African Medical Research Council will facilitate skills-building on the use and interpretation of research evidence for VAWG policy and programmatic decision-making

Programming applications
Kalliope Mingeirou, Acting Chief Ending Violence against Women Section, UN Women and Dr Claudia García Moreno, Lead Specialist, Gender-based Violence Department of Reproductive Health and Research World Health Organization will present the UN Prevention Framework to end Violence against Women and invite insights and reflections on processes to support in-country implementation of the framework, using national or regional level data.

Who should come?
Policy makers, donors, government employees, and UN and WHO staff attending the 2017 SVRI Forum who are interested in understanding how VAWG policy and programmatic decisions can be informed by rigorous and robust research evidence.

Please contact Ellen Khomo at ellen.khomo@mrc.ac.za for more information. 


Kristin Dunkle, South African Medical Research Council
Dr Kristin Dunkle is a Senior Specialist Scientist on the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls Global Programme within the Gender and Health Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Public health from the same university. Kristin provides technical support and capacity building for prevention of gender-based violence in the Global South. Dr Dunkle has extensive field experience in Southern Africa. Her research has focused on gender-based violence, gender inequality, LGBTQ health, and HIV/AIDS, with additional interests in transactional sex and poverty.

Esnat Chirwa, South African Medical Research Council
Dr Esnat Chirwa has a postgraduate diploma and Master’s Degree in Biometry obtained from the University of Reading (UK), and PhD from the University of Witwatersrand (SA). Her career as a Statistician started at the University of Malawi, where she worked as a lecturer in Applied Statistics and was involved in teaching study designs, statistics theory and quantitative analysis methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as in postgraduate supervision. She has also been involved in several projects as consultant data analyst for both national and international organisations. She has over 15 years of experience in data management and analysis, and advanced statistical methods. Her main interests are structural equation modelling, and application of multi-level models to longitudinal or hierarchical observational studies.

Kalliope Mingeirou, UN Women
Kalliope Mingeirou is currently the acting Chief of the Ending Violence against Women Section at UN-Women in New York. She is also leading the work of the section in the area of prevention. She is a lawyer by training, holding an LL.M. on public international law. Before joining UN-Women, Kalliope worked as a practicing lawyer in Greece, and at international level, she worked for UN agencies, as well as international NGOs in the areas of human rights, women’s human rights and refugee protection in several countries, such as in the post-genocide Rwanda, Sweden, Burundi, Morocco, Bosnia Herzegovina, Liberia, Guinea and Ivory Coast.

Claudia García -Moreno, World Health Organization (WHO)
Dr García-Moreno currently leads the team working on violence against women at the World Health Organization (WHO), which includes work on measurement and epidemiology, interventions research and development of guidelines and tools for the health sector. She has led the WHO’s work on gender and women’s health and on violence against women and until 2013 was coordinator of the Gender, Reproductive Rights, Sexual Health and Adolescence team in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research. Dr García-Moreno is a physician from Mexico with an MSC in Community Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has thirty years of experience in health care delivery, sexual and reproductive health, women’s health and gender in health research and policy, including in humanitarian settings

The What Works to prevent Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) global programme (What Works) is a DFID-funded programme, working to prevent violence against women and girls across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. What Works consists of three complementary components that:

  1. Seek to understand and address the underlying causes of violence, and to prevent its occurrence;
  2. Generate new knowledge about what interventions work to prevent and respond to violence in conflict and humanitarian settings and;
  3. Estimate the social and economic costs of violence against women and girls.



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