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The SVRI Forum is proud to announce our informative conference workshops facilitated by partners of the SVRI. Workshops will take place on Monday, 21 October 2024. Workshop registration is not included in conference registration and needs to be paid for separately.

Workshop Fees

Workshop registration (Until 29 February 2024) R1 000,00
Late workshop registration (1 March 2024 – 31 July 2024) R1 200,00

How Conference Workshops are Selected:

The SVRI uses multiple data sources to identify topics and select conveners of Forum workshops. These include:

  1. Feedback from Forum participants via the Forum evaluation questionnaire in which we ask participants what workshop topics they would like to see at the next Forum.
  2. Workshop participants experiences and feedback of workshops they attended at the Forum via the workshop evaluation forms.
  3. Discussions with SVRI Leadership Council on topics and workshop conveners.
  4. Current trends and capacity strengthening needs in the field, guided by the themes set for Forum 2024, the thematic gaps identified during Forum 2022, and informed by SVRI principles.

Based on these multiple sources of information and guidance, invitations are sent to organisations inviting them to host a workshop as part of their contribution to building the field.  In the past workshop hosts have been selected through an open call – due to the burden on applicants we are trialling the current approach – and may in the future adopt a hybrid model using both targeted invitations and an open call. We welcome ideas and suggestions on this.

Morning Workshops: 09h00 – 12h00

This is a participant-led workshop supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women open for all VAW/G practitioners and activists interested in coming together on the topic of practice-based knowledge as a driving force behind women’s and feminist movements to end violence against women. Come join us as we discuss – what is practice based knowledge? How does it show up in our work? What are some of the opportunities and challenges practitioners face in documenting, co-creating, sharing, resourcing, or legitimizing practice-based knowledge, particularly smaller grassroots organizations? How has practice based knowledge fueled women’s and feminist’s movements for EVAW/G? What does “success” look like against the backdrop of resistance and backlash, particularly through a movement building lens? As contexts become more complex and volatile, how do organizations stay resilient and adaptive, and become learning organizations? How can we move towards a collective agenda for practice-based knowledge and maximize its uptake, such that EVAW/G policy, programming and funding is more relevant to the needs of women and girls? This workshop is for practitioners of ending violence against women and girls.

Facilitators: UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, Raising Voices and What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls II

This workshop will help you develop your knowledge and skills to make your research accessible and usable for decision-making in policy and practice. You will learn basic concepts around research for impact in the violence against women field; will hear from world experts on concrete experiences of using research for impact in low- and middle-income countries; and will learn how to develop research for impact plan. This workshop is intended for researchers, policy-makers and funders.

Facilitators: Priti Prabhughate, Sexual Violence Research Initiative and Diana J. Arango, The World Bank Group

This workshop is intended for anyone who goes to the science talks at SVRI or picks up reports/articles on quantatiative research and finds themselves wondering “What on earth do all those numbers mean?” “Why should I care?” or “What does this all mean for me?” We offer a fun, gentle, and friendly space for folks whose expertise lies in other areas and for anyone who believes or has been told that they are bad at maths. Join us and make friends with numbers!

Facilitators: Kristin Dunkle, Esnat Chirwa and Shibe Mhlongo, South African Medical Research Council

Technology is becoming increasingly essential to enable access to networks, employment, information and services to achieve women’s human rights. With increased access to technologies, however, are emerging opportunities and spaces for the perpetuation of gender-based violence. The main objective of this workshop is to convene a space to share research and data demonstrating the different forms of technology-facilitated gender-based violence, how it manifests across different regions and contexts, the consequences it has for victim-survivors and the community at large, and who is most at risk. The workshop will also be an opportunity to share measures and methodologies currently used to increase the understanding of this phenomenon, existing gaps in the evidence, measurement challenges, as well as global, regional, national and sub-national efforts and initiatives to advance in our understanding of this violence, as the first step to define policies and interventions to address it. Facilitators and participants will share resources and tools available to advance the understanding and tackling of this form of violence against women, including for research and data collection, prevention, support to victim-survivors, laws and policies (including to hold the tech sector and other responsible parties into account), and other programming. The workshop will also address issues around safety and protection of data as well as ethics and safety in data collection on this form of violence. The workshop will use an interactive and engaging methodology that will include group discussions and exercises. It is intended for researchers, civil society organizations, women machineries, practitioners, international organizations, national statistical offices and other data producers, private/business/tech industry.

Facilitators: Juncal Plazaola Castaño, UN Women; Alexandra Robinson, UNFPA, LynnMarie Sardinha, WHO

The target audience for this workshop includes those involved in the development/adaptation, implementation and evaluation of IPV prevention interventions, including IPV program staff, researchers, and policy makers, as well as donors.

Facilitators:Vandana Sharma, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Jennifer Scott, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School

Femicide is broadly defined as “the intentional killing of women or girls because of their gender” and unsurprisingly definitions vary widely according to context. With at least one in three female homicides worldwide being committed by an intimate partner, these intimate femicides outpace other forms of gender-based killing. Administrative data on femicide is mainly available in high income countries, with data from low- and middle- income countries mainly resulting from dedicated research studies drawing on forensic, legal, police or media data. This workshop seeks to discuss key themes around femicide research, including terminology and theory and will focus in particular around issues of innovative methodologies for femicide research, sources of data and data gaps. The underlying aim of the workshop is 1) to advance the methodology of femicide research in low- and middle-income countries through mapping innovative approaches, 2) provide an overview of existing research (who is doing what and where) and 3) to create a global network of femicide researchers. While the moderators will provide framing and impulse talks, there will be ample room for discussion and information sharing.

Facilitators: Dabney P. Evans, Emory University US; Naeemah Abrahams, South African Medical Research Council; Heidi Stöckl, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich Germany

Ensuring and continually improving quality of post gender-based violence (GBV) clinical services is critical for meeting the health needs of survivors. Quality Assurance (QA) is a means of assessing the quality of services against meeting or not meeting standards at a singular point in time. QA is largely an external assessment process that is retrospective in that it looks back at what has been done or is currently in place. Tools that focus on or incorporate post-violence care QA, such as WHO’s GBV QA Tool and Global Standards for Quality Health-care Services for Adolescents, are widely used and important evidenced-based standards for post-GBV care. However, in addition to quantifying quality through an assessment, there is a critical need to build internal and continuous systems of problem identification and incremental change tailored to population and service type. Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is an ongoing and dynamic process that goes further to build a culture of quality while exploring what works to improve post-GBV care for all survivors. This workshop aims to enhance capacity of participants to move beyond GBV Quality Assurance (QA) towards GBV Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) through experiences in Nigeria and Mozambique.

Facilitators: Meagan Cain, Udhayashankar Kanagasabai, Langan Denhard, CDC Atlanta; Isabelle Casavant, CDC Mozambique; Bukola Adewumi, CDC Nigeria

More information forthcoming.

Facilitators: Franziska Meinck, University of Edinburgh; Bridget Steele, University of Oxford, Hannabeth Franchino-Olsen, The Ohio State University.

More information forthcoming.

Facilitators: FHI 360 and Partners (TBC)

Afternoon Workshops: 14h00 – 17h00

Participatory research stems from aspirations to redress imbalances of power within research, aiming to co-create knowledge with young people rather than for them. However, involving children, young people, survivors and communities in CSV research presents myriad of challenges and concerns for researchers and practitioners. One of the foremost concerns revolves around navigating the sensitive and ethical dilemmas associated with the participation of children and survivors. It’s imperative to tread carefully, acknowledging the sensitivity of the subject matter and ensuring that the rights and well-being of all involved parties are upheld. There is a growing recognition that participation, if not carefully approached, can be tokenistic, extractive, and in some cases, harmful, especially to CSV survivors. These concerns point to the need to recognize voice and agency while balancing participation and protection. In light of these pressing concerns, our forthcoming workshop is designed to shine a spotlight on the pivotal concept of survivor-cantered Child Sexual Violence research. We aim to engage in a comprehensive exploration of the multifaceted challenges and apprehensions expressed by researchers and practitioners when it comes to effectively involving children, young individuals, and survivors in a truly participatory and pragmatic manner. This will include participatory facilitation techniques that will allow participants to learn by sharing experiences. Furthermore, we will provide practical and tangible examples of ethical and meaningful participation within the complex landscape of CSV research. The workshop draws inspiration from the preliminary findings of a Child Sexual Violence research capacity needs assessment conducted by SVRI in September 2023. Remarkably, more than half of the respondents identified this topic as their primary area of interest, demonstrating the urgency and significance of this workshop. This workshop is for practitioners, researchers, activists.

Facilitators: Joan Njagi and Nicolas Makharashvili, Sexual Violence Research Initiative

This workshop will cover: 1) Introduction an expectations 2) Concepts of gender and violence for measurement purposes a) Sex and gender b) Terminology related to violence against women c) Data sources (survey, administrative) 3) Good practices in ethical and safe survey research on violence against women a) Measurement design b) Researcher / interviewer training c) Privacy and confidentiality d) Support plans e) Safe technology and data security f) Research as an exchange of gifts 4) Understanding and using VAW data a) Strengths and limitations of the research methods b) Interpreting prevalence data c) Uses of VAW data. This workshop is intended to support VAW researchers and GBV practitioners with best practice guidelines for safe and ethical research practices. It will be beneficial both for researchers and those who will be funding, monitoring, managing or advocating for VAW research. The workshop will provide practical guidance for less experienced researchers; researchers who would like a refresher on best practices; and experienced researchers who are new to the field of measuring VAW.

Facilitators: Kristin Diemer, Melbourne School of Social Work at the University of Melbourne Australia; Cathy Vaughan, Nossal Institute for Global Health and Chair of Global Health at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne; Jessica Gardner, UNFPA Asia Pacific Region, Sujata Tuladhar, UNFPA Asia Pacific Region; Alexandra Robinson, UNFPA. 

Entrenched inequities exist and undermine progress in gender equality, human rights and the health and wellbeing of women and girls all around the world. Research on violence against women and girls (VAWG) also, oftentimes deepens these inequities, even as it seeks to address them. If we are to address persistent power imbalances in research addressing VAWG, decolonising research practice is imperative. Though the standard model, or best practice, for what ‘decolonising’ VAWG research looks like is still emerging, there are important considerations for better practice. Drawing from literature, guided by the perspectives of researchers and communities from the Global South, and informed by Indigenist research principles this workshop will explore the process of ‘decolonising’ VAWG research. The workshop will primarily focus on principles and practices developed to help guide Global North researchers in shifting the inequities often found in knowledge production. The workshop will begin with a brief overview of power, privilege and decolonisation in research. The facilitators will share with participants the process we have undertaken to arrive at these principles and practices for decolonising VAWG research. The process of decolonising research is often an uncomfortable journey of critical reflection, interrogating your own privilege, listening, and learning. Acknowledging this, the EQI and SVRI facilitators – two researchers from the Global North and one from/working in the Global South – will share their own research experiences to illustrate where our past and current research practices have perpetuated existing inequalities. The facilitators will also share examples where VAWG research projects have attempted to address (neo)colonial epistemic oppressions. The second half of this workshop will include interactive, small-group activities, where participants will apply principles of decolonising research to research project ‘case studies’. Participants will be invited to share with their group examples of their own research projects, and if they are comfortable, the groups will be guided through activities that uses the principles and framework to constructively critique their research project case studies, identifying where power imbalances are being perpetuated in and/or by the research study. Collectively, the groups will develop alternative approaches in line with the principles of decolonising research. This workshop is open to all VAWG researchers and practitioners. Designed to challenge the pervasive and entrenched inequalities in VAWG research practice, this workshop will focus on principles and practices primarily for High-Income Country (HIC) researchers who want to interrogate their own positions of power and privilege, and better understand the process of ‘decolonising’ knowledge production. While this workshop is targeted at researchers from the Global North, researchers from the Global South and Indigenous researchers are more than welcome to participate and contribute their experiences and perspectives to this workshop.

Facilitators: Sarah Homan and Loksee Leung, The Equality Institute; Ayesha Mago, Sexual Violence Research Initiative

This workshop is intended for people interested in understanding and/or using remote survey methods to ask questions about gender-based violence.

Facilitators: Sexual Violence Research Initiative, Innovations for Poverty Action, Y-RISE, and World Health Organization.

This workshop will cover: 1. Background on VACS 2. Orientation to the questionnaire. 3. Accessing VACS data 4. VACS survey weights 5. Multi-country analysis 6. Generating research questions. This workshop is intended for researchers who are interested in using a violence-focused household survey for secondary data analysis.

Facilitators: Laura Chiang, Stephanie Miedema, Francis Annor, Greta Massetti, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Theories are often considered as dry and academic exercises when addressing real world problems of high significance and prevalence – such as intimate partner violence. However, they can provide valuable insights into why a phenomenon such as intimate partner violence occurs and assist in the selection of key topics or variables of interest both in quantitative and qualitative study design and data analysis or in the planning and implementation of interventions.

This interactive workshop seeks to introduce participants to a wide range of theories addressing predictors of male-perpetrated intimate partner violence and guide participants how to use them in their own research. Short descriptions of all frequently used theories will be provided, key research questions or concepts will be matched with existing theories and participants will be supported in building their own theoretical framework based on their own keywords. Existing evidence for chosen theories will be evaluated for the respective research setting or group. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be equipped to evaluate use of theory in existing research and select theoretical frameworks for their own research.

Facilitators: Sarah Meyer and Heidi Stöckl, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

In today’s digital age, women and girls find both empowerment and nuanced challenges within the expansive online environment. This workshop intends to shine a light on the intricate dynamics at play. We aim to understand the depth of research about women’s digital empowerment, probe the subtle barriers hindering their complete digital involvement, and initiate a discourse on refining research techniques for such delicate dynamics. Our agenda kicks off with an introduction to the existing digital landscape for women, followed by in-depth presentations on their online empowerment and the understated impediments they face. A panel of experts will then deliberate on the methodologies best suited to explore these nuances, and participants will dive into breakout sessions, discussing everything from opportunities to research strategies. We’ll wrap up by collectively brainstorming potential research projects, emphasizing the need for a nuanced understanding to shape an equitable digital future for women. This workshop, rooted in data and collaboration, is ideal for digital researchers, gender scholars, policymakers, and anyone keen to grasp the multifaceted nature of women’s online experiences. By the end, attendees can anticipate a clearer understanding of the online empowerment-vulnerability spectrum and an ignited passion to dive deeper into the less-explored aspects of women’s digital journey.

Facilitators: Aisha Bain, Common Fire Consulting and WeCiE; Caroline Masboungi, UNICEF; Nadia Jeffrie, GSMA; Ilana Seff, Washington University in St. Louis; Kat Lo, Researcher and Consultant.

The GBV PEF is a tool that was launched in 2020 to help organisations measure GBV prevention outcomes. This workshop aims to equip participants with an understanding of what is needed to ensure programs are analyzed, designed and monitored in a manner that will support the measurement of outcome level results. Participants will be introduced to several outcome-oriented methods, including the use of results-journals, most significant change methodologies, and using contextualized theories of change in support of the risk equation. The workshop will also help organizations think about where they are at now (as individuals or as an organization) to support change that is needed within their programs/organization/system to adopt more outcome-oriented ways of working so that GBV prevention outcomes can be measured and achieved. This workshop is for GBV and non-GBV Specialists/Practitioners and M&E specialists implementing programming with the aim to prevent or reduce GBV in emergencies.

Facilitators: Jessica Lenz, InterAction; Neil Dillon, Data Conscious

More information forthcoming.

Facilitators: What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls II Consortium

Sponsorship and Partnership Opportunities

If you would like to partner with the SVRI Forum 2024, please contact us for more on sponsorship and partnership opportunities.

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