Winners of the SVRI Knowledge for Action to End Violence Against Women and Violence Against Children Research Grant 2023
The SVRI is delighted to announce the 2023 grantees cohort! We received 312 proposals from Africa, Asia, East and Central Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean. The quality of the proposals was very high and made the selection process difficult. It was encouraging to see many more applications from entire teams of low-and middle-income country research consortia.
We are grateful to our donors - the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the Wellspring Philanthropic Fund - who have partnered with us to make this grant possible. The grant that will contribute to the prevention and response of violence against women (VAW), violence against children (VAC) and other forms of violence driven by gender inequality in low and middle-income countries.
Meet the country teams
Intimate partner violence stigma and help seeking behaviour
Objective: Investigate the role of IPV stigma and other barriers to seeking help for women who have experienced IPV, and develop and pilot test culture-salient scales to measure IPV stigma in Botswana.
Research institutions: University of Botswana, Botswana Gender Based Violence Prevention and Support Centre.
Research team: Ari Ho-Foster, Lorato Moalusi, Kabelo Poloko, Kitso Motlhale, Amantle Pearl Molemoeng.
Uncovering adverse childhood experiences and violence against left-behind women: life course pathways and priority setting
Objective: To articulate the magnitude, drivers and health impacts of violence against left-behind women in China through a life-course perspective, and to increase understanding of the nature and dynamics of violence against left-behind women.
Research institutions: Zhejiang University, University of Edinburgh
Research team: Dr Peige Song, Wen Liu, Professor Igor Rudan, Siqing Cheng, Siyu Zhu, Jiajun Hao, Weidi Sun.
Gendered disinformation: Deepening perspectives and designing responses
Objective: Define, identify, document and annotate a high-quality dataset of gendered disinformation in online spaces and build case studies to develop contextual understanding of the issue, build awareness and develop counter strategies, and apply machine learning techniques to identify gendered disinformation online.
Research institutions: Meedan, The Quint, Chambal Media, Digital Rights Foundation.
Research team: Sneha Alexander, Shalini Joshi.
Adaptation, feasibility and effectiveness of a community-engaged intervention designed to reduce gender-based violence and increase access to justice for transgender women in Indonesia
Objective: Identify gaps in gender-based violence and legal aid services for transgender women, and test and adapt an evidence-based intervention to address gender-based violence prevention and improve access to justice for transgender women.
Research institutions: Monash University Indonesia, Community Legal Aid Institute, Indonesia Transgender Network, Sanggar Swara, Kebaya Foundation.
Research team: Dr Claudia Stoicescu, Dr Gabriella Sudewo, Ma’ruf Bajammal, Kevin Marian, Vina Khanza, Rully Mallay.
Play. Talk. Change. Digital and creative technologies for the engagement of youth in preventing child sexual abuse in Jamaica
Objective: Break the cycle of child sexual abuse in Jamaica through the introduction, testing and refinement of a newly developed culturally-authentic prosocial game and associated curriculum activities that will challenge norms, beliefs and attitudes that fuel child sexual abuse, and facilitate help-seeking behaviour for those affected by child sexual abuse.
Research institutions: University of Technology, Jamaica
Research team: Dr Christine Fray, Prof Nadia Wager.
An exploratory study using mixed methods to understand Moroccan and refugee women's experiences of reproductive violence
Objective: Understand Moroccan and refugee women's experiences of reproductive violence, and integrate this knowledge into GBV programming and sexual and reproductive health services to enhance capacity to provide more sustainable services to those impacted and to advocate for national policy changes.
Research institutions: The Moroccan Association of Family Planning, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Trinity College Dublin
Research team: Professor Abdellatif Maamri, Dr Meg Ryan, Dr Frédérique Vallieres, Nihal Said, Rania Abdalla, Seri Wendoh, Aicha Benbaha, Essoufi Mohamed, Mina Sabih.
Family-based intervention to address domestic violence against women and mental health – a single arm trial
Objective: Test a family-based intervention that engages three key family members - the woman, her husband, and mother-in-law - to reduce domestic violence against women and improve the mental health of married women of reproductive age in Nepal.
Research institutions: Sambhav (Possible)
Research team: Dr Sabitri Sapkota, Rekha Khatri.
Playing Safely: Football as a means to transform harmful gender norms and address violence against children and adolescents
Objective: Evaluate the impact of an intervention seeking to improve children and adolescents’ socio-emotional skills using a gender-transformative approach that is expected to reduce harmful gender norms and reduce the prevalence of violence against children and gender violence in adolescent dating relationships.
Research institutions: Fútbol Más, Grupo de Analisis para el Desarrollo (GRADE)
Research team: Daniel Orrego, Wilson Hernandez.
9. South Africa
Combining VAW and VAC: Strengthening understanding and measurement of adolescents' experiences of violence in caregiver and other adult family members, peer, and intimate partner relationships
Objective: Understand adolescent exposure to and participation in violence in close relationships with caregivers or other adult family members, peers and intimate partners, and its associated psychosocial effects, and to develop rigorous and culturally-appropriate measures of adolescent violence using an adolescent-led research approach among adolescents in two South African high schools.
Research institutions: South African Medical Research Council
Research team: Dr Nwabisa Shai, Dr Pinky Mahlangu, Dr Mercilene Machisa, Dr Esnat Chirwa, Professor Rachel Jewkes.
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