The Sexual Violence Research Podcast
#12 How To Conduct Research on Violence Against Women Ethically
Ethics must be considered ahead of any research which addresses violence against women. Safety is of paramount importance when working with vulnerable women, many of whom may have experienced violence or indeed may still be experiencing violence. All researchers in this space have an absolute duty of care to these women. In this episode we learn about some of the critical components of designing an ethical research programme. We find out about the unique risks and challenges faced in this field of research, and how to address them. And we discover how research is evolving and adapting to the growing use of remote studies, and online technology. Our guests are: Claudia Garcia Moreno, Coordinator of the WHO Multi-Country Study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence Against Women Nancy Glass, Associate Director, Professor and Independence Foundation Chair, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Yandisa Sikweyiya, Specialist Scientist in the Gender and Health Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Your hosts are: Elizabeth Dartnall, Executive Director, SVRI Angelica Pino, Grants Manager and Capacity Strengthening Specialist, SVRI Find out more at svri.org. Donate here http://svri.org/content/donate-0
May 31, 2022
#11 Decolonising Knowledge and Funding in the VAW field
Decolonising knowledge production in the field of violence against women is about empowerment. Instead of allowing Western ideals to dominate knowledge production, we must refocus our attention on the lived experiences of those who are most affected by violence, and whose expertise is often ignored, as we search for solutions. In this episode we learn about the connection between practise based knowledge and decolonisation, and how the two concepts can improve violence prevention programmes and outcomes. We find out how legal experts can play a part in ensuring the full inclusion of those with first-hand experience and knowledge. And we discuss how the funding of research and interventions needs to also be overhauled and decolonised. Our guests are: Joy Watson, Feminist Researcher and Writer Terry McGovern, Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn Professor, Chair of the Department of Population and Family Health, Director of Global Health Justice and Governance Tarisai Mchuchu-MacMillan, Executive Director at MOSAIC Women's Training Service and Healing Centre Your hosts are: Elizabeth Dartnall, Executive Director, SVRI Angelica Pino, Grants Manager and Capacity Strengthening Specialist, SVRI Find out more at svri.org.
May 17, 2022
#10 How to Conduct Research with Children Ethically
Researching violence against children is an incredibly important, yet ethically challenging task. How do we balance the importance of involving children in research with safeguarding their health and well-being? Our guests have made ethics a priority in their research, considering and addressing any potential harm that may be caused - and they share their learnings. In this episode we find out why a child’s perspective is so important when developing effective services and prevention programmes. We grapple with the issue of gaining informed consent from children. And we touch on the issue of vicarious trauma, which can affect researchers when hearing the experiences of children. Our guests are: Franziska Meinck, Assistant Professor at The University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science Chi-Chi Undie, Senior Associate at the Population Council Anita Burgund Isakov, Assistant Professor at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Sciences in Serbia Your hosts are: Elizabeth Dartnall, Executive Director, SVRI Angelica Pino, Grants Manager and Capacity Strengthening Specialist, SVRI Find out more at svri.org.
April 18, 2022
#9 The Power of Activism and Women’s Movements
It is often the passion and activism of women’s movements that powers and transforms evidence to influence policy change. So how can we support activists and their movements and help create impact? Bringing activists together with researchers and other experts is key as effective research and action on violence against women and violence against girls requires a holistic approach to knowledge sharing. In this episode we hear some transformative success stories of activism in action, like the “One in Nine” Campaign in South Africa. We learn about some of the most impactful forms of advocacy and activism. And we find out how ‘small but mighty’ activist projects can be just as impactful as more wide scale global movements. Our guests are: Nwabisa Jama Shai, Specialist Researcher, South African Medical Research Council Charbel Maydaa, Founder & General Director, MOSAIC Natsnet Ghebrebrhan, VAW Prevention Coordinator, Raising Voices Your hosts are: Elizabeth Dartnall, Executive Director, SVRI Angelica Pino, Grants Manager and Capacity Strengthening Specialist, SVRI Find out more at svri.org.
April 04, 2022
#8 Research for Impact
Research is only useful if it leads to meaningful change. So, when assessing what works to end violence against women and violence against girls, how can we ensure research sparks action? This is called research uptake, or research for impact, and is a process that’s too often neglected. Despite its undeniable importance, it's often poorly funded, difficult to measure and there’s little guidance on how to achieve it. In this episode we find out how to address these issues, and discover why it needs to be made a top priority in all research projects. We find out what makes an effective research for impact programme, hearing lessons learnt from the What Works To Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls’ programme. And we meet a researcher whose project serves as a shining example of how it can be done positively. Our guests are: Diana Arango, Senior Gender-Based Violence and Development Specialist, World Bank Group Wilson Hernández Breña, Adjunct Researcher, Group for the Analysis of Development (GRADE) from Peru Leane Ramsoomar, Public Health Researcher & Research Uptake Specialist, Gender and Health Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council Your hosts are: Elizabeth Dartnall, Executive Director, SVRI Angelica Pino, Grants Manager and Capacity Strengthening Specialist, SVRI Find out more at svri.org.
March 22, 2022
#7 What Is The Evidence Telling Us?
Throughout this podcast we’ve heard about many incredible programmes that have been taking place globally to prevent violence against women and violence against girls. But which of these interventions have proven most effective - what is the evidence telling us? This was a major question at the heart of the What Works To Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls’ programme, and in this episode we explore its findings. We also discover why feminism needs to be the core value at the centre of all interventions, we hear the amazing success story of a study in Nicaragua called Candies In Hell, and we learn about the impact of conflict and war on violence against women and violence against girls. Our guests are: Rachel Jewkes, Executive Scientist, Research Strategy in the South African Medical Research Council Office of the President. Manuel Contreras-Urbina, Senior Social Development Specialist for Latin America and the Caribbean on gender-based violence at the World Bank. Mary Ellsberg, Founding Director of the Global Women's Institute at George Washington University. Your hosts are: Elizabeth Dartnall, Executive Director, SVRI Angelica Pino, Grants Manager and Capacity Strengthening Specialist, SVRI Find out more at svri.org.
March 08, 2022
#6 Engaging Faith and Spiritual Leaders
Faith and spiritual leaders are influential, often deeply trusted members of their communities, with power to direct community attitudes on violence against women and violence against children. In this episode we find out why it’s critical that we engage faith and spiritual leaders to address these issues, we discuss the patriarchal nature of religion and faith, and the importance of bringing more women into the conversation. We also hear about promising programmes with faith leaders that are making positive and sustainable change possible. Our guests are Shruti Majumdar, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, Elisabet Le Roux, Research Director at the Unit for Religion and Development Research at Stellenbosch University, and Prabu Deepan, Gender Equality Practitioner and Advocate at Tearfund. Find out more at svri.org.
February 15, 2022
#5 Mental Health
The mental health impacts of sexual violence, abuse and exploitation are complex. To ensure the effectiveness of our mental health interventions post violence we need an intersectional understanding of the multiple manifestations of trauma. Whilst the diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder provides a framework to understand the process of trauma in survivors of sexual violence, to develop truly effective treatments, we also need to look at complex trauma. In this episode we find out what complex trauma is and why it’s so important we understand it, we learn about the mental health symptoms that stem from sexual violence, including online sexual exploitation, and we find out about the importance of mind-body approaches to healing after sexual violence. Our guests are Adesty Dulawan, clinical supervisor of World Hope International in the Philippines and teacher, researcher and mental health counsellor Abbie Fields. Find out more at svri.org.
February 01, 2022
#4 Ethical Funding in VAW prevention and response
Very little funding is dedicated to understanding what works to prevent violence against women and how to strengthen responses for survivors. And when research is funded, it’s often fragmented, project based, and short term. In order to address these issues, the SVRI has developed guidance on ethical funding - funding that is equitable, and gives everyone the opportunity to have their voices heard. In this episode learn about the four key principles of ethical funding, discover the essential role of adopting a feminist approach when tackling power imbalances in this matter, and find out what ethical funding means from a funder’s perspective. Hear from guests Ayesha Mago from the SVRI, Katherine Marie Belen, co-founder of the Connective Paths Foundation, and Annika Lysén, senior programme manager at The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida. Find out more at svri.org.
January 18, 2022
#3 Global Shared Research Agenda
Funding in the field of violence prevention is often misdirected, with research agendas set by people far removed from the communities the research is meant to serve. The Global Shared Research Agenda is set to change that. It’s the first time the voices of practitioners, researchers and activists have sat centred and equal alongside academics and other specialists in the field. The GSRA is a collaborative effort, facilitated by the SVRI and Equality Institute, with support from funding partners Wellspring Philanthropic Fund and Sida. The GSRA has brought together a diversity of voices, and in this episode we find out why that’s so important, and we uncover the top research priorities in the field, identified by the GSRA. Hear from guests Emma Fulu, founder and executive director of The Equality Institute, Tina Musuya, executive director of The Center for Domestic Violence Prevention in Uganda, and Tesmerelna Atsbeha, senior programme officer on the women’s rights team at the Wellspring Philanthropic Fund. For more detailed analysis of the research we discuss in this episode, click here. Find out more at svri.org.
December 07, 2021
#2 Starting Young
Children who are exposed to violence are more likely to become perpetrators or victims as adults. They may also suffer from a variety of lifelong issues, from mental health problems to obesity. That’s why it’s crucial to begin violence prevention interventions at a young age, and to get buy-in from parents. In this episode we find out how research projects are working to break the cycle of abuse and neglect by building positive and healthy family relationships. Hear from guests Dr Catherine Ward, clinical psychologist and research professor at the University of Cape Town, Gary Barker, CEO and founder of Promundo, and Professor Godfrey Siu from the Child Health and Development Centre at Makerere University. For more detailed analysis of the research we discuss in this episode, click here. Find out more at svri.org.
November 23, 2021
#1 Engaging Men
Engaging men in violence prevention interventions is crucial. Many of the issues we see today stem from harmful ideas of masculinity. In many societies these ideas lead to the justification of dominance over women and the use of intimate partner violence. In this episode we explore the many great research projects that are changing male perspectives, addressing the root causes of violence and creating meaningful change. Hear from guests Laxman Belbase from the MenEngage Alliance, and Phiona Koyiet from World Vision. Find out more at svri.org.
November 09, 2021
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November 02, 2021