Prof Rachel K Jewkes
Rachel Jewkes is Professor and Director of the MRC Gender & Health Research Unit, based in Pretoria, South Africa, and has previously served as acting Vice-President (Research Support) of the Medical Research Council. She trained as a medical doctor and specialist in Public Health Medicine, Professor Jewkes also has a Masters in Community Medicine and Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. She has spent most of the last 20 years researching intersections of gender-based violence, particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence (including child sexual abuse), and gender inequity and health in South Africa using methods drawn from epidemiology, anthropology and health systems research. She has authored over two hundred and fifty publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and reports. She has worked closely with the South African Government over many years on sexual violence policy in the health sector. She is the Secretary of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative. She is the lead technical advisor on the UN Multi-country Study on Men and Violence, a collaborative research project on gender-based violence, violence prevention and masculinities that is being conducted in the Asia and Pacific region by Partners For Prevention. She was a member of the steering committee of the WHO multi-country study on violence against women. She is a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Injury and Violence Prevention and Control, a member of the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board and of the WHO's Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee for HIV-AIDS (STAC-HIV). She is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand.
Elizabeth (Liz) is a health policy specialist with over 19 years of health research, public policy and project management experience. Liz currently manages the day to day activities of the SVRI. Liz has a post-graduate degree in psychology from Curtin University in Australia and a Masters in Science (Medicine) from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Previous work experience includes working as a researcher at the Centre for Health Policy, University of the Witwatersrand; working in policy and research development for the Department of Health in Western Australia and the Department of Health in South Africa; and Senior Programme Manager for the African Medical and Research Foundation, South Africa. Liz is particularly interested in gaining a better understanding of how early experiences of violence influence future perpetration and victimisation and how this can be used to inform the development of primary prevention programmes. She is also interested in the area of vicarious trauma and doing research on sexual violence, and how to prevent it.
Lizle is a Sociologist by training and holds a Masters degree in Gender Studies. Her research is focused on women, peace and security, particularly on peace-building and sexual violence in conflict-affected settings. Lizle is working towards her PhD documenting women's peace-building initiatives in Myanmar. She has worked in sexual violence research for the past 7 years and supports the Sexual Violence Research Initiative as part time researcher.
Morma is the chief officer for the Sexual Violence Research Initiative, hosted by the Medical Research Council. She is a social worker, currently completing her Master’s degree in community development with the University of Johannesburg. She worked as an intern social worker at Non-Government Organisations such as Johannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centre and Theodorah Ndaba Victim Support Centre. Her research interests include gender studies, and the prevention of Gender Based Violence in rural South Africa.