This year, the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) and World Bank Group are granting competitive funds totalling US$1.14 million to the following 10 teams from around the world for innovations to prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV):
Building the evidence base to understand and prevent campus sexual assault in Swaziland: The Enhanced Assess Acknowledge Act (EAAA) program is a 12-hour self-defence intervention, shown to reduce Sexual Assault (SA) by 50% among female university students in Canada. This proposal seeks to adapt and pilot EAAA in the Swazi context, laying the groundwork for a larger efficacy trial. Poster available in PDF Format.
Lead agency: University of California, San Diego
PI: Rebecca Fielding-Miller
Gender-based violence prevention in the Amazon of Peru (GAP) Project: DB Peru and University College London will assist community based promotors to lead 5 selected communities through a series of participatory research activities over a 12-month period. Through this process, the promotors will develop a GBV prevention intervention in collaborative with the communities, implement the intervention, and collect extensive case study data for its evaluation. Poster available in PDF Format.
Lead agency: University College London
PI: Jenevieve Mannell
Development of Standard Measures to Support Gender-Based Cyber Violence Prevention: This innovative formative research study will contribute to the development of a set of standard measures that can be used to study gender-based cyber violence (GBCV) across settings and populations and inform GBCV prevention interventions, particularly in low and middle income countries. Poster available in PDF Format.
Lead agency: International Center for Research on Women
PI: Pamela Lilleston
Building the evidence base for ‘Safe Families’ - a comprehensive community-led model for violence prevention in Solomon Islands: The research will examine the potential of the Safe Families intervention in transforming the specific social norms that drive gender-based violence in targeted communities and will produce reliable data that can be used to inform future adaptation and scale of the project to new areas, both within Solomon Islands and the Pacific region. Poster available in PDF Format.
Lead agency: Oxfam Australia
PI: Anna Trembath
Piloting a customizable, user-designed information and communication technology-based approach to reduce intimate partner violence among refugees: This stand-alone research project will generate new knowledge on risk factors for intimate partner violence in Dollo Ado refugee camps in Ethiopia, as well as how social networks and information sharing channels are organized, and will also develop and pilot a user-designed participatory communication intervention in the form of podcasts targeting IPV in refugees setting. Poster available in PDF Format.
Lead agency: Fondation Hirondelle
PI: Vandana Sharma
Sexual Harassment Among Jordanian College Students: Pilot Testing a Promising Primary Prevention Intervention: This study seeks to adapt a promising sexual harassment prevention intervention to the University of Jordan context and enhance it with an environmental component that addresses staff awareness, behaviour and perceptions of social norms. Poster available in PDF Format.
Lead agency: Information and Research Center - King Hussein Foundation
PI: Aida Essaid
Gender Equity Model, Egypt – Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment and Fighting Gender-Based Violence: This project will pilot test a women’s economic empowerment intervention that simultaneously targets women’s economic empowerment and the prevention of gender-based violence in Egypt. Poster available in PDF Format.
Lead agency: The American University in Cairo
PI: Ramadan Mohamed
Mapping for policy: This mixed-methods study will gather information on how women experience public transportation as compared with men, what women and men fear and why, and specifics of transit experiences that cause this fear or harassment. This 18 months study focuses on women and men who use the Lahore Metrobus system in Pakistan. Poster available in PDF Format.
Lead agency: The Urban Institute
PI: Yasemin Irvin-Erickson
Combatting sexual violence in Kyrgyzstan through innovative education and information technology: This project will pilot-test an innovative multi-component intervention to prevent bride kidnapping and child marriage in the Kyrgyz Republic. Poster available in PDF Format.
Lead agency: American University of Central Asia
PI: Elena Kim
Building research capacity and data use for gender-based violence prevention and response in adolescents/ young adults: Through this project, Together For Girls will contribute to global and national understanding of how violence and gender interact across the lifespan, targeting key decision-makers to inform both policies and programs to prevent and responding to gender-based violence. Poster available in PDF Format.
Lead agency: Together For Girls
PI: Daniela Ligiero
The first four projects are supported by funding funnelled through the SVRI.
For more information about the SVRI Grant, please visit: http://www.svri.org/what-we-do/research-support/svri-grant