[Svrilist] SVRI News and Events: 04 03 14

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Mar 4 10:04:17 SAST 2014


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Dear SVRI List Members,

Please take note of the following news and events from the SVRI. Contact us at svri at mrc.ac.za<mailto:svri at mrc.ac.za> if you have any questions. For more information on events and resources on sexual violence and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative, visit www.svri.org<http://www.svri.org>.

Today's SVRI News and Events include the following:

I. SVRI online discussion invitation: What role can FBOs play in the prevention and response to sexual and intimate partner violence?
II. GBV Science Fair
I. RFP: Strengthening the evidence base for prevention of SIPV in low and middle income countries


I. SVRI online discussion invitation: What role can FBOs play in the prevention and response to sexual and intimate partner violence?

[cid:image003.png at 01CF348F.EFE53F60]Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) have a unique reach across the African continent and other developing countries (1)<https://www.unfpa.org/webdav/site/global/shared/documents/publications/2008/Culture_Matter_II.pdf>. Such organisations are found in all communities and provide a substantial portion of health and social care in low-resource settings (2)<http://www.arhap.uct.ac.za/pub_Gates2008.php>. FBOs have potential to be constructive role-players in strengthening responses, and building prevention programmes for sexual and intimate partner violence. There are instances where FBOs are providing services for survivors of violence and acting as agents of change to promote gender equity (3)<http://raisingvoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/downloads/resources/ThroughtheVoiceofFaithFINALFeb2013.pdf>.

Although FBOs are potentially powerful agents of change and may serve as bridges into communities for VAW responses and prevention initiatives, they do not always respond supportively to survivors of sexual violence. Reports of child sexual abuse and violence perpetrated by religious leaders are increasingly making their way into the public domain (4)<http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/upload/The-Causes-and-Context-of-Sexual-Abuse-of-Minors-by-Catholic-Priests-in-the-United-States-1950-2010.pdf>(5)<http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/upload/The-Nature-and-Scope-of-Sexual-Abuse-of-Minors-by-Catholic-Priests-and-Deacons-in-the-United-States-1950-2002.pdf>. Whilst, accounts of religious leaders blaming women for their rape, or of "sweeping it under the rug" are not uncommon (6)<http://www.wewillspeakout.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Breaking-the-silenceweb-FINAL.pdf>.

Considering these different issues, we would like to invite all faiths to participate in an online discussion<http://www.svri.org/svriforums/thread.jspa?threadID=231&tstart=0>, on the role of FBOs in the prevention and response to sexual and intimate partner violence. We would like you to engage with us to discuss opportunities and challenges of engaging with FBOs on gender equality and violence against women, lessons learned and best practices of FBOs in the prevention and response to sexual and intimate partner violence. This discussion will inform the development of a briefing paper and articles on the issue.

The discussion will be moderated from 3 March 2014 by Veena O'Sullivan and Prabu Deepan from We Will Speak Out (WWSO), with the support of Elizabeth Dartnall and Lizle Loots at the SVRI.

Please help us by answering the following questions:

  *   What is the role of FBOs in the prevention and response to sexual and intimate partner violence?
  *   Please outline some of the challenges and opportunities of engaging with faith institutions in this field.
  *   Can you identify and describe promising practices/interventions of FBOs in the areas of intimate partner and sexual violence prevention and responses?
  *   What has been the impact of these interventions, and lessons learned from working with faith-based organisations in the prevention and response to sexual and intimate partner violence.

To access the SVRI online discussion, click on this link<http://www.svri.org/svriforums/thread.jspa?threadID=231&tstart=0>. If you are not registered for the SVRI Online Discussion Forum, please register online<http://www.svri.org/forums/> (free of charge). Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries at: svri at mrc.ac.za<mailto:svri at mrc.ac.za>

We look forward to hearing from you!

II. GBV Science Fair

The GWI and SVRI GBV Science Fair<http://wesharescience.com/category/gender-based-violence> entries are still open. Submit your 5 minute video at WeShareScience.com<http://wesharescience.com/5-Minute-Science-Fair> and tell us about your work. To enter, simply create a short video abstract about your research and upload your video on the website. It's that easy to stand a chance to win cash prizes to support your research! Closing date for submissions: 1 June 2014.

Today's featured video<http://wesharescience.com/pin/292>: Today we feature Sinawe Mama! ("We are with you Mother!"). Although violence in pregnancy effects one-third of South African women, few programs exist to address it. This study tests a program for reducing violence in antenatal care. The intervention, called Safe & Sound, gives pregnant women access to counselling and referrals from trained Nurses. Here, we discuss how qualitative, formative research helped us refine Safe & Sound - and next steps Please click here<http://wesharescience.com/pin/292> to watch this entry.

III. RFP: Strengthening the evidence base for prevention of SIPV in low and middle income countries

Please note that there are only 6 days left to submit applications for the current round of the small grants.

This SVRI grant aims to support research or research related activities that will strengthen the evidence base for the prevention of sexual and intimate partner violence in low and middle income countries. Grants to a maximum of USD100,000 may be awarded. Awards will only be made to institutions and not to individuals. For more information, view the guideline information<http://www.svri.org/SVRI-Grant-Guidelines.docx> online or visit www.svri.org<http://www.svri.org>.

Submit your application on or before 10 March, 2014 at 11:59:59pm South African Standard Time (4:59:59pm EST). Late applications will not be accepted.

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

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