To end violence against women (VAW) we need evidence on what works, where and for whom. Yet, investment in VAW research doesn’t match the size of the problem. This is a problem for those of us in the field of knowledge production, especially given the importance of research to inform policy and practice and the importance of evidence based and evidence informed prevention programmes to improve the lives of children and women. As such, as a field, we must advocate for more and better resources for research on gender based violence (GBV). For SVRI ‘better’ funding for research is grounded in feminist principles, acknowledges, and addresses power dynamics, involves honest, transformative relationships between donors and grantees and creates accessible and equitable processes that support priority driven research in low and middle income countries (LMICs) conducted by low and middle income country (LMIC) based researchers.
The panel discusses & shares a set of advocacy resources created in dialogue with the field for increased and enhanced funding for VAW research. This includes a study tracking investment in research on VAW; a global shared research agenda to guide research & investment, along with a guide for funders on funding ethically. These tools provide us the opportunity to engage with funders to highlight inequities and advocate for shifting more resources, in better ways, to LMICs and LMIC based researchers including those from marginalised communities. The tools will also support the VAW Prevention Accelerator to develop a shared advocacy agenda to raise funds for VAW prevention globally.
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Ayesha Mago - Technical Specialist, SVRI
Elizabeth Dartnall - Executive Director, SVRI
Angelica Pino - Grants Manager and Capacity Strengthening Specialist, SVRI
Joy Watson, Independent consultant
Tesmerelna Atsbeha - Senior Program Officer, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Muthoni Muriithi - Co-Director for the Accelerator for Gender-Based Violence Prevention
- Global Shared Research Agenda on VAW
- The Sexual Violence Research Podcast: #3 Global Shared Research Agenda
- SVRI & EQI (2021). Full report: Global shared research agenda for research on violence against women in low and middle-income countries. Sexual Violence Research Initiative, Pretoria.
- SVRI & EQI (2021). Executive Summary: Global shared research agenda for research on violence against women in low and middle-income countries. Sexual Violence Research Initiative, Pretoria.
- SVRI & EQI (2021). Agenda Mondial de Recherche Partagée: Pour une recherche sur la violence à l’égard des femmes dans les pays à revenu faible ou intermédiaire. Sexual Violence Research Initiative, Pretoria.
- SVRI & EQI (2021). Agenda de Investigación Compartida Global: Para la investigación de la violencia contra las mujeres en los países de ingresos bajos y medios. Sexual Violence Research Initiative, Pretoria.
- Funding Ethically Project
- The Sexual Violence Research Podcast: #4 Ethical Funding in VAW prevention and response
- Mago, A, & Dartnall, E. (2021). Full report. Funding Ethically: Better funding for violence against women and violence against children research in lower and middle-income countries. Pretoria: SVRI.
- Mago, A, & Dartnall, E. (2021). Funding Ethically: Putting principles into practice. Pretoria: SVRI.
- Mago, A, & Dartnall, E. (2021). Executive summary. Funding Ethically: Better funding for violence against women and violence against children research in lower and middle-income countries. Pretoria: SVRI.
- Tracking funding for research on violence against women in low- and middle-income countries
- SVRI. (2022). Tracking funding for violence against women research in low and middle-income countries: Research report. Sexual Violence Research Initiative. Pretoria, South Africa.
- The Data Equity Framework. We All Count.
- COFEM. (2021). Applying a Feminist Lens to Grantmaking for Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls: Funding for Transformative Change. Coalition of Feminists for Social Change.
- The Violence Prevention Forum
- Ending Violence Against Women & Girls
- Miranda, A., Peacock, T., Reddy, J., & Sillis, K. (2019). A Leap of Faith: Conversations with funders of women’s organizations. Oxfam
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