The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 35% of women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. The costs of gender-based violence (GBV) are substantial. Violence against women and girls impedes their full participation in society, limits access to education and economic participation, and hinders efforts to achieve gender equality broadly.
In 2014, we established the SVRI Grant to increase the evidence base for the primary prevention of sexual and intimate partner violence (IPV) in low- and middle-income countries.
Researchers from low- and middle-income countries submit proposals to access funds of between $40 000 and $100 000 over a two-year period to undertake research to advance our understanding of prevention. A call for proposals is sent out each year via SVRI listserv, our website, Facebook and Twitter. No unsolicited proposals are accepted.
Projects that have been funded to date cover a wide range of topics, including education, parenting interventions, the intersections of violence against women and children, cash transfers, sexual harassment and public transport, and violence and mental health.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
|Adhere to international safety and ethical guidelines||Engage the community that is being researched, where relevant|
|Focus on low- and middle income settings||Challenge gender hierarchies and promote gender equity|
|Be conceptualized within a human rights framework||Inform policies, programmes and services|
|Strive to be cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary||Serve to strengthen access to comprehensive care and support for survivors and prevention of violence against women and children|
Grants by Year:
“This unique award has an incredibly important role in cultivating innovation in violence prevention. Please keep offering this mechanism to keep the field moving!” – Grantee