Their research on the Good School Toolkit highlights the innovative partnership between Raising Voices and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) researchers. Dipak Naker’s presentation on Preventing Violence against children at school: A systematic response to an entrenched problem and Karen Devries’ The Good School Toolkit coordinated brilliantly not only to emphasis partnership in practice but also to win the prize.
Raising Voices and the London School are fundraising to test a model for rolling out the toolkit across Uganda. In this next phase, researchers plan to follow children who have experienced the toolkit intervention into adolescence, to observe the impact of the toolkit on their use of violence in relationships with intimate partners and peers.
Innovation and Intersections
The 2015 Forum of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) saw more than 350 key researchers, gender activists, policy makers, practitioners and survivors from around the world convene in Stellenbosch, South Africa, 15–17 September. This global event was hosted by the South Africa Medical Research Council.
The forum provides ways of strengthening innovative work in low and middle income countries and bolsters partnerships between organisations and across sectors to build capacity to respond effectively to gender-based violence (GBV) in the global South. Presentations at SVRI Forum are available to download here.
Violence against children and adolescents
In previous years, the SVRI Forum has been primarily devoted to violence against women. This year, however, Dr Devries noted a greater focus on interventions, evaluations and qualitative research on violence against children and adolescents.
This was my third SVRI conference and I can really see the evolution of the sexual violence field. This year’s conference was the first where there were a lot of separate sessions on violence against children and adolescents.
Dr Devries, Senior Lecturer in Social Epidemiology, LSHTM
GBV and HIV
Links between GBV and HIV were also highlighted at the conference, with an emphasis on the importance of addressing GBV as part of a comprehensive HIV strategy. In many places, as various presentations showed, systems are failing when it comes to tackling sexual violence. In particular, justice systems are failing to protect the rights of sex workers who are prone to slip through the cracks in violence prevention and support infrastructures.
SaME presentations at SVRI Forum 2015
Tuesday, 15 September
Wednesday, 16 September
Reducing secondary distress in violence researchers A randomised trial of the effectiveness of group debriefings – Heidi Grundlingh, Louise Knight, Dipak Naker and Dr Devries
Dr Lori Heise chaired the ‘Using research to influence policy’ parallel session.
Thursday, 17 September
Dr Heise presented on ‘The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach? A mixed methods study on the causal mechanisms/pathways between a cash and in-kind food transfer programme and decreased intimate partner violence’. This took place at a plenary session on ‘Economic empowerment interventions for the prevention of violence against women and children’.
- GVHC at SVRI 2015 – SaME news story
- Empowering Uganda’s teachers to reduce violence in schools– SaME news story
- Violence against children and adolescents – SaME theme page
- SVRI Forum 2015 Programme – all presentations are available to download
- Photo gallery – SVRI Forum 2015 Flickr page
Image: SVRI Forum 2015 Programme
Image: Dr Karen Devries and Dipak Naker receiving their prize. Credit: Antonio Erasmus