[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 11 08 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Aug 11 11:37:59 SAST 2009


      


Dear SVRI List Members,

 
The Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) recently hosted its first ever conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, SVRI Forum 2009: Coordinated evidence-based responses to end sexual violence. The conference which was aimed at promoting further research on sexual violence; highlighting innovation; and encouraging sharing and networking in the area of sexual violence brought together over 200 participants from over 28 countries. 

Today's update will provide members with a summary of the conference and provide members with links to the conference programme, presentations and other events that took place at Forum 2009. For more information on the SVRI Forum 2009 please visit http://svriforum2009.svri.org/index.htm. 




1. SVRI Forum 2009: Opening Message:

The SVRI Forum 2009 was formally opened by the Conference Organising Chair, Dr. Claudia Garcia- Moreno, Senior Adviser Gender, Violence and HIV/AIDS Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organization. Dr Garcia-Moreno She has over 25 years of experience in health care delivery, research and policy, working in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Increasingly her work has  focused on sexual and reproductive health, women's health and gender in health. She highlighted the critical importance of research in addressing magnitude of the sexual violence, to make the problem visible and to bring attention to it, so as to help us understand the nature and causes and to guide our policies and responses. Dr. Garcia-Moreno's opening address can be accessed at http://svriforum2009.svri.org/about.htm 

2. Conference Programme

The SVRI Forum 2009 had 58 rich and varied oral presentations, roundtable sessions, poster presentations and some satellite meetings. The Forum presentations were structured around the following 5 conference themes:



·                     Sexual violence and HIV 

·                     Sexual violence and mental health 

·                     Sexual violence and conflict and crises settings 

·                     Sexual violence and prevention 

·                       Health sector responses to sexual violence 

All session presentations provided by presenters are now available on the SVRI Forum 2009 website and can be accessed at http://svriforum2009.svri.org/programme.htm 

3. Prize Giving

The prize giving at the SVRI Forum 2009 was an important strategy for supporting and encouraging research on sexual violence. The SVRI Coordinating Group, Secretariat and other selected researchers were invited to join the panel of judges for the prizes of the SVRI Forum 2009. The following prizes were awarded:

·                       best oral presentation and runner up

·                       best poster and runner up

·                       best young researcher (<35 years) and runner up

 

Please visit http://svriforum2009.svri.org/prizes.htm to see who the prize winners at the SVRI Forum 2009 were.

4. Exhibitions

Exhibitions from 10 organisations were present at the SVRI Forum 2009. The exhibition stands included Médecins Sans Frontières, Khomanani Communication Consortium, Populations Council, Global Forum for Health Research, The GBV Prevention Network, The World Health Organisation, International Center for Research on Women, EngenderHealth, SVRI and the Medical Research Council of South Africa. For more information on these organisations and their contact details, please visit http://svriforum2009.svri.org/exhibitioninformation.htm 

5. Sponsors

The SVRI Forum 2009 were proudly sponsored by the Global Forum for Health Research, The Medical Research Council of South Africa, Oxfam Novib and the SVRI.

The SVRI would like to thank their sponsors, participants at the SVRI Forum 2009 and SVRI Listserv Members for their continuing support. We hope that with your support the SVRI Forum will continue as a biannual event serving as a catalyst for driving and encouraging future research and work in the field of sexual violence.




  
The SVRI Forum 2009 sponsors can be visited at http://svriforum2009.svri.org/sponsors.htm 

6. Participant list

The participant list of the SVRI Forum 2009 and their contact details are now available on the SVRI Forum website and can be accessed at http://svriforum2009.svri.org/participants.htm 











Sexual violence is a global issue that requires coordinated evidence-based responses.

The Sexual Violence Research Initiative, an initiative of the Global Forum for Health Research, is hosted by the Medical Research Council, South Africa. The SVRI aims to promote research on sexual violence and generate empirical data to ensure sexual violence is recognized as a priority public health problem. If you want to know more about the SVRI visit our website www.svri.org <http://www.svri.org/>  or contact us at svri at mrc.ac.za. To unsubscribe from the list, email svri at mrc.ac.za

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