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FIRST STEPS Martín Hernán Di Marco | National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Argentina | March 30th 2020 It seems paradoxical that, as a researcher who specialises in conducting socio-anthropological research on violence (where talking about personal experiences is almost mandatory), it...
[Photo by IPPF/WHR] Written by Mariana Cruz Marueta 1, Ivon Silva Márquez 2 and Génesis Luigi 1  IPPF/WHR 1; Mexfam 2 “My dad controls and forbids many things to my mother; he wants to control everything. But their relationship is a good one. When they fight, they only yell at each other; there’s no...
Written by Lindsay Henson, Executive Director of Lawyers against Abuse (LvA), South Africa   In October 2019, I had the privilege of joining hundreds of researchers, government officials, and practitioners at the SVRI Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. Coming from a small non-profit organisation, my...
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Abusive and controlling partners often use "loving" acts to manipulate their victims. When intimidation, isolation, and even physical abuse no longer seem to be working, the abuser pulls out the wedding albums or acts charming and contrite to win the abused partner back. One former abuser, for insta...
Written by Jesus Hernandez, Ponce Health Sciences University Through the years of our lives we are acquiring new ways of living and new experiences that help us strengthen ourselves as human beings with a clear vision of what the next step will be in order to enlarge our purpose on Earth. Exactly, w...
Written by Dr. Godfrey Siu and Carolyn Namutebi, Child Health and Development Centre Makerere University The SVRI Forum 2019 has just ended in Cape Town. We were privileged to be among the over 700 delegates who participated in the highly interesting and sometimes emotional 5-day program that had be...
[Photo: GoJoven Honduras] Written by Emma Schlamm, The YTH Initiative of ETR  Everyone’s doing it. We’re talking about tech. The allure of technological solutions seems to permeate every sector, both public and private. Our lattes are made by robots, our doctors chat with us on FaceTime, and most re...
[Photo by Sarah Isaacs] In October 2019 I was lucky enough to be granted a bursary to attend the SVRI Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. I was not to be presenting at the event which removed some of the pressure that I might normally feel and afforded me the fantastic opportunity to learn about resea...
[Photo: Manuela Balliet with With young researchers at SVRI Forum 2019 ] Written by Manuela Balliet  When I landed in Cape Town international airport on a lovely night and heard my suitcase was delayed with no clear prospect of return, I was frustrated. A week before traveling, I had planned careful...
[Photo: Elizabeth Rojas, Send A Cow] Authors: Manuel Contreras-Urbina and Elizabeth Rojas 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. Despite an increasing evidence base, the exact impact of economic empowerment programs on violence – and particularly on IP...
[Photo: SVRI Forum 2019] Written by Jaz Mann, DeafKidz International  Recently I had the privilege of attending the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Forum 2019 in Cape Town, for the first time. I’d like to begin by giving a special thanks to SVRI for facilitating my attendance at the confe...
[Clementine took part in training on how to challenge attitudes to GBV through the Indashyikirwa project in Rwanda]  This blog shares trends that came out of discussions and debates at the SVRI Forum 2019, that contribute towards addressing and preventing violence against women and girls. Read full...
[Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive human rights abuses, impacting roughly 35 percent of all women. Tetiana, 34, divorced her abuser, who regularly beat her and their son. Mariupol, Donetsk area, Ukraine, Oct 2017. ©UNDP/Anastasia Vlasova] This blog highlights the discussions, debate...
[Source: Tran Toan/Unsplash] Author: Lisa Aronson Fontes Ph.D.,Invisible Chains. Co-Author: Irena Grgona, MSc. Feeling dominated, humiliated & isolated at work? Could it be coercive control? Is your supervisor making your job a nightmare? If so, you may be suffering from workplace coercive contr...
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 achiev...
[PHOTO: UNICEF colleagues from around the world meet at the SVRI Forum 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa, to connect and discuss how to translate new evidence into policies and programs to prevent violence and promote children’s and women’s rights.] Reflections from the world’s premier conference on e...
Written by Elizabeth Dartnall, SVRI Executive Director and Anik Gevers, SVRI Associate [Photo Credit:  Unsplash] This was first published by Apolitical. Investing in local research is the best way to reduce and end abuse. SVRI has received a grant from the Out of the Shadows Index Advocacy Fund, whi...
[The Change women’s group facilitator with her husband in front of her house after declaring her household as a violence-free home in front of the whole community.] Written by Darshana Gauchan A couple rides on a bicycle through the village, grocery bags hanging on the handlebars. They reach their h...
[Residents from Jimmirevar in Nawalparasi are seen carrying ‘violence-free’ household flags during the campaign promotion] 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 t...
[Photo by Lisa Fontes] 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 afte...

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