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Prof Rachel Jewkes
Executive Scientist for Research Strategy & Secretary of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative
Contact Info
Tel: +27 (0) 12 339-8525
Medical doctor and Specialist in Public Health Medicine
Masters in Community Medicine and Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Rachel is the Executive Scientist based in Pretoria, and a NRF A1 rated scientist and MRC gold medal winner in 2014. She is a medical doctor and Specialist in Public Health Medicine, with a Masters in Community Medicine and Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has spent the last 30 years researching intersections of gender-based violence, gender inequity and health using methods drawn from social epidemiology, anthropology and health systems research. She has authored over four hundred publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and reports. She has worked closely with the South African Government over many years on sexual violence policy in the health sector. She is a founder member of the SVRI, was the Secretary for 15 years and is a member of the Leadership Council. From 2013-2020, she was the Consortium Director of the DFID-flagship What Works to Prevent Violence? Global Programme, which was conducted  across 14 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East to generate knowledge on prevention of violence against women and girls. She was the lead technical advisor on the UN Multi-Country Study on Men and Violence in Asia Pacific and a member of the steering committee of the WHO multi-country study on violence against women. She is a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Injury and Violence Prevention and Control, and is a former member of the WHO's Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee for HIV-AIDS (STAC-HIV) and the STAG - WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research, and the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board. Most importantly she has been working to ensure that these research findings are translated into interventions within society to improve the lives of women. She has a very active programme of PhD supervision and is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand.