Prof Rachel K Jewkes
Professor Rachel Jewkes is the Executive Scientist for Research Strategy in the Office of the SAMRC President. She is an A1 rated scientist. She was formerly Director of the South African Medical Research Council’s Gender and Health Research Unit and is an Honorary Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Public Health. She is the Secretary of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative and the Consortium Director of the DFID-funded What Works to Prevent Violence? Global Programme which is leading prevention of violence against women research in 13 countries. She has led research in South Africa and globally on the intersection of gender inequity, gender-based violence and health and is the author of over 300 peer reviewed journal articles, reports, training manuals and book chapters.
Elizabeth (Liz) is a health policy specialist with over 19 years of health research, public policy and project management experience. Liz is the Executive Director 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.
Morma is a Social Worker by training and holds a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Johannesburg. She worked as a social worker for the Department of Social Development and 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.