What Works, in collaboration with DFID launched a new lunchtime learning series dedicated to the issue of violence against women and girls (VAWG). The seminar was a first in what will be an ongoing series of learning sessions that will be presented live, and in future made accessible worldwide via online webinars.
The first seminar, launched by the Head of Profession for Social Development, Paul Healey, on September 24, brought together three of the world’s leading researchers on VAWG, Professor Rachel Jewkes, Dr. Emma Fulu and Dr. Shana Swiss, to present a global review of prevention programmes that are working.
Professor Jewkes, Director of the Global Programme, and researcher with 20 years of respected work in the field of violence prevention, particularly sexual violence and HIV, presented on the importance of primary prevention and why the funding of a programme of this size on violence prevention represents such a ground-breaking moment in the field.
Dr. Fulu, Technical Lead for the Global Programme, with an extensive background of leading research on VAWG in Asia and the Pacific, presented on a recent review of the evidence, conducted by the Global Programme, on what interventions work to prevent VAWG, and what this means for the prevention agenda.
And, Dr. Swiss from International Rescue Committee and the lead of the What Works to Prevent Violence in Conflict and Humanitarian Crises Programme’s inception phase and founder of Women’s Rights International introduced the violence in conflict and humanitarian crises component of the What Works programme.
The What Works to Prevent Violence Global Programme seminars will be held every two months and are designed to provide programmatic staff and policymakers with the information needed to help set priority areas, and develop projects that work; provide researchers with a clear indication of where more work is needed; and help to develop a global agenda for research and work to prevent violence against women.