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.



[The winning Development Marketplace 2018 proposal from Fundación Plan International España examines the long-term impacts of an empowerment training on gender-based violence, and household energy use in humanitarian settings. Photo © Fundación Plan International España]

#16DaysofActivism 2018 Blog Series

Written by Diana J. Arango 1 and  Elizabeth Dartnall 2

[Photo by CHDC, Makerere University]

#16DaysofActivism 2018 Blog Series

Written by Carolyn Namutebi1, Godfrey Siu 1 and Daniel Wight 2

Child Health & Dev Centre, Makerere University1; MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Uni of Glasgow 2

[Photo by Raising Voices]

#16DaysofActivism 2018 Blog Series

Written by the Community for Understanding Scale Up (CUSP)

“Working with CUSP has reaffirmed my conviction that more than scaling specific initiatives/programs, it’s vital to scale the conceptual and methodological principles behind effective work — and that includes strengthening local capacity”- Amy Bank, Puntos de Encuentro 

[Photo 1: Class learning about Kyrgyz Indigo, a local organization addressing LGBT+ issues]

#16DaysofActivism 2018 Blog Series

Written by Dr Elena Kim 1 and Dr Frank G. Karioris 2

American University of Central Asia 1; University of Pittsburgh 2

[Photo Credit: Maureen Murphy]

#16DaysofActivism 2018 Blog Series

Written by Manuel Contreras-Urbina 1 and Sylvia Atieno Owino 2

Global Women’s Institute at the George Washington University 1; Send a Cow Kenya 2


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