World leaders in sexual violence prevention gather to advance research on violence against women (VAW) in low and middle-income countries

South Africa - As rates of violence against women and girls reach epidemic proportions in South Africa global leaders in violence prevention will gather in Cape Town to address the pervasiveness of sexual assault and harassment around the world. The Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI)Forum, whose theme this year is “Time is Now”, will look at the impact of global movements like #MeToo, #IAmNotNext and TIME’S UP, which have been driven by a desire for equal rights and safety for all women and builds on decades of hard work of women activists and researchers.

The SVRI Forum is the world’s leading research conference on violence against women and other forms of violence driven by gender inequality in low and middle-income countries. The Forum provides a global space where delegates build knowledge, expand their networks, create collaborations and share knowledge. Over 750 delegates will attend this year’s Forum representing all key stakeholders from around the world, including UN Agencies, policymakers, government representatives, researchers, activists and funders.

Themes include the role of new technologies, the rise of social movements, the relationship between Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) and Violence Against Children (VAC) and more. The Forum will open on Tuesday 22nd October with a panel exploring the new forms of feminist activism and theory that are emerging. Panellists include; and Glenda Gray, President & CEO of  the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), Gro Harlem Brundtland, member of The Elders, and Norway’s first woman Prime Minister, Josina Machel, Mozambican gender equality activist, Malebogo Molefhe, disability justice activist and former Botswanan National basketball player, many of whom will be sharing their own experience as violence survivors

“’Time Is Now’ is an expression of our rage as well as hope,” says Elizabeth Dartnall,  Executive Director, SVRI, “and recognizes the need for more sustained engagement with feminism and activism in research on violence against women and violence against children, and other forms of violence driven by patriarchal social norms. Through working in unity, we can find sustainable solutions for ending violence against women.”

The SVRI Forum will run through to Friday 25th October and will see new research unveiled, new programmes launched, and offer a safe space for delegates to share learning in the field of VAWG prevention.

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." - Helen Keller

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Release date: 
Friday, October 18, 2019 - 14:23