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Dr Nwabisa Jama Shai
Specialist Scientist: Public Health
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Tel: +27 (0) 12 339 8528

Nwabisa is a Specialist Researcher in the Gender and Health Research Unit, Technical Advisor in the What Works To Prevent Violence to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls global initiative and Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her research focuses on the prevention of gender based violence (GBV) and HIV through quantitative and qualitative and research, implementation of evidence based behavioural prevention curricula, and evaluation of GBV prevention interventions in low- and middle-income countries.  Nwabisa has a special research interest on femininities particularly understanding how femininity influences women’s vulnerability of GBV. Her current projects include the development, adaptation and evaluation of evidence based GBV prevention interventions in rural Nepal, rural Tajikistan, and in eThekwini informal settlements. Nwabisa has also conducted household surveys on GBV. She has co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, policy briefs and technical reports, and GBV prevention curricula from multiple sociocultural contexts including South Africa, Tajikistan and Nepal. Nwabisa works closely with South African government departments, UN agencies and non-governmental organisations to promote the scaling up of evidence based violence prevention interventions through the National Dialogue Forum, and other GBV policy activities. She also sits in the Editorial Board of the South African Crime Quarterly and the Project Empower board.