SVRI Principles

SVRI is wedded to our core values, feminist principles, and the ideal of the broader social good. We are committed to always put kindness at the heart of how we work with all of our partners, stakeholders, and members. In the delivery of our SVRI Strategic Plan, SVRI will ensure that all the work we undertake is in line with the following principles:

1. Feminist and Women-Centred

SVRI promotes research that is collaborative; works across fields; explores and challenges power imbalances that exist both in research and in society; is intersectional and provides new knowledge grounded in women’s realities that strives to achieve structural change.

2. Rights-Based

SVRI recognises that VAW and VAC are human-rights violations and promotes work that seeks to give women and children agency and respects and promotes their human rights. Research on VAW and VAC should recognise the unequal power relationships between men and women and adults and children, as well as the social and structural constructions of gender and sexuality.

3. Ethical

SVRI insists that all research on VAW and VAC is conducted in accordance with the highest ethical and safety standards. All SVRI programmes and documents are furthermore executed and disseminated with ethical standards in mind.

4. Innovative

SVRI promotes new ideas, new methodologies and new partnerships. SVRI believes policy-making and practice should integrate the best available evidence from a wide range of sources.

5. Collaborative

SVRI encourages and is committed to assisting diverse actors to support each other with interconnected issues and encourage dialogue and partnerships both within and across projects. The building of partnerships across disciplines, geographic regions, and income levels is integral to our goals and values as an organisation.

6. Equitable 

SVRI is committed to bringing diverse voices from LMICs (researchers, survivors, marginalised groups) to the field. SVRI also promotes the leadership of LMIC-based researchers and building the capacity of global research institutions in these countries. We strive to balance research resources and power between high, low, and middle-income countries.