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In order to advance the field in a more systematic way, strategic priorities for research can facilitate resource requests for research on conflict-related sexual violence, and help findings to be better used to inform programs and policy.

Increased research on sexual violence in humanitarian contexts has been driven by a growing concern about the scale of the problem, as well as the importance of having data on the magnitude and nature of sexual violence in conflict situations, the vulnerabilities of women and children in conflict, the risk factors for perpetration, the short-, medium- and long-term service needs of victims/survivors, and the effectiveness of interventions to prevent and respond to sexual violence. These data are needed to drive effective prevention and response strategies and interventions.

In spite of the clear needs for and increased efforts to collect data, the evidence base remains scant. As part of the knowledge building work of UN Action, the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the SVRI supported the development of a research agenda on sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings. This research agenda identifies strategic research priorities over five years (2012 – 2016) to advance the field in a more systematic way, and to ensure that research efforts make the best use of limited resources.

We are interested in hearing from funding partners interested in updating this agenda. Please email us at svri@svri.org

Rowley, E., Garcia-Moreno, C., & Dartnall, E. (2012). Research themes and questions to guide research on sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings. World Health Organization, UN Action, Sexual Violence Research Initiative and Medical Research Council South Africa. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-04-13/Researchthemes.pdf
Rowley, E., Garcia-Moreno, C., & Dartnall, E. (2012). Executive summary: A research agenda for sexual violence In humanitarian, conflict and post-conflict settings. World Health Organization, UN Action, Sexual Violence Research Initiative and Medical Research Council South Africa. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-04-13/ExecutiveSummary.pdf
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