Presentation Summary: This presentation provided an overview of the 2017 Sexual Violence Research Initiative Forum hosted in Brazil. The presentation highlights the Forum’s key aims and outcomes, specifically celebrating the global recognition of the negative impact violence against women and children can have on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, SVRI’s abstract and science driven approach identified studies, projects, and informed qualitative data that demonstrated reduction in gender-based violence due to preventative interventions. Unfortunately, these improvements in GBV are fragile and the community of prevention must continue to advocate and remain political in order to sustain these critical gains in the field. The presentation closed with a look at the key issues that may affect the SVRI Forum in 2019 to be held in Cape Town, South Africa.
Presented at: Continuing the Dialogue from SVRI: New Developments and Future Directions in GBV Work – December 5, 2017
Presented by: Elizabeth (Liz) Dartnall is a health sector specialist with over 20 years of health research, public policy and project management experience. Liz has post-graduate degrees in psychology and science – MSc(Medicine). She has worked in multiple sectors on health-related matters including academia, state, and national governments in South Africa and Australia and the NGO sector. Liz currently manages the Sexual Violence Research Initiative. She has undertaken public policy and legislation development on mental health care in Australia, been involved with the South African Demographic and Health Survey, development of the South African Clinical Trials Register, and drafting of South African guidelines for the ethical conduct of clinical trial in South Africa. She has also done health systems research, specifically on mental health care and deinstitutionalization, monitoring and evaluation of mental health care in South Africa, as well as participatory research with communities to develop community based development programmes. Liz’s current interests lie in using research to improve responses and prevention of violence against women and girls in low and middle-income countries.