6th Global Conference on Violence Against Women | CTICC, South Africa | 21-25 October 2019

Participant driven events

  • Monday, 21 October
  • Tuesday, 22 October
  • Wednesday, 23 October
  • Thursday, 24 October
  • Friday, 25 October

Lunch meeting: Preventing violence against women and girls: a shared global agenda
Hosts: Dr. Lori Heise (Johns Hopkins University and the Prevention Collaborative), Claudia Garcia Moreno (WHO), Emma Fulu (Equality Institute) and Tina Musuya (CEDOVIP) as well as representatives from DfID and other governments.
Time: 12:30 – 13:30
Venue: Exhibition hall 8.1

Violence against women and girls is preventable. This interactive lunchtime session will give insights into harnessing the power of rigorous new evidence to progress initiatives to prevent violence and change the lives of women and girls around the world. Representatives from bilateral organisations, civil society, women’s rights organisations and funders will come together to continue building the shared agenda for preventing violence against women and girls that begun to take shape through meetings at Wilton Park in May 2019 and during the Women Deliver 2019 Conference. Keynote speakers will include Dr. Lori Heise (Johns Hopkins University and the Prevention Collaborative), Claudia Garcia Moreno (WHO), Emma Fulu (Equality Institute) and Tina Musuya (CEDOVIP) as well as representatives from DfID and other governments. The interactive format, with lunch included, will give all attendees the opportunity to contribute as well as build relationships with other leaders across sectors. To register please follow this link here. (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/preventing-violence-against-women-and-girls-a-shared-global-agenda-registration-70007031917)

Safeguarding in aid and development: different perspectives, same objectives
Hosts: The Girls’ Education Challenge (DFID/PwC/SDDirect) and The World Bank
Time: 17:00 – 18:30
Venue: Bluebell

Over the past two years, there has been a step-change in the humanitarian and development sectors.  A flurry of media scandals hit the press on the wave of #MeToo; and #AidToo was born. The issues brought forward in the media have been known about for some time within the sector. Standards have been in place, but not implemented and survivor’s stories remained unheard.  Over the past two years, this has changed and more and more - donors, bi-lateral agencies, international organisations and NGOs are taking safeguarding seriously and grounding in survivor-centred approaches.  Often though, those agencies work in isolation.  This workshop will present the work of a number of different types of organisations and explore their theoretical frameworks and their practical application of safeguarding work.  It is intended that we will learn from each other and from people within the room, who will share their experiences and learning following presentations.  We hope that this will be the beginning of an informal collaborative of people seeking to ensure: safe and equitable access to aid; safe development work; and ultimately change the very fabric of our sector.

RVSP details to: danielle@sddirect.org.uk using the subject line ‘Safeguarding in aid and development’.

Launch of RESPECT – a framework for preventing violence against women (invitation available in pdf format)
Hosts: World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Women
Time: 6.30pm -7.30pm
Venue: Exhibition Hall 8.1

Join the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Women at an interactive event to launch RESPECT women - a framework for preventing violence against women.

RESPECT is an inter-agency framework of seven strategies to prevent violence against women. Each letter of RESPECT stands for the following:

  • Relationship skills strengthened
  • Empowerment of women
  • Services ensured
  • Poverty reduced
  • Environments made safe
  • Child and adolescent abuse prevented
  • Transformed attitudes, beliefs, and norms

The framework summarizes emerging evidence on the effectiveness of prevention interventions across these seven strategies, and emphasizes the importance of addressing gender and power relations, keeping communities at the center of programming, and using participatory approaches. Share your thoughts about how to implement this framework in countries. Drinks and refreshments will be served.

RSVP here : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/launch-of-respect-a-framework-for-preventing-violence-against-women-tickets-75302069517. For more information: contact: Avni Amin – amina@who.int

Measuring Progress, Driving Solutions event
Hosts: SVRI, Together for Girls, Economist Intelligence Unit and The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children
Time: 19:30 to 21:30
Venue: Exhibition hall 8.2

Join Together for Girls, The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, the SVRI and the Economist Intelligence Unit at SVRI Forum for dinner and discussion about the latest resources measuring progress and driving solutions to prevent sexual violence against children around the world:

  • INSPIRE: Seven strategies for Ending Violence Against Children - Identifies a select group of strategies that have shown success in reducing violence against children. They are: implementation and enforcement of laws; norms and values; safe environments; parent and caregiver support; income and economic strengthening; response and support services; and education and life skills.
  • What Works to Prevent Sexual Violence Against Children: Evidence Review - Using the INSPIRE framework but with a particular focus on sexual violence, this new, first-of-its-kind evidence review identifies proven and promising solutions to prevent sexual violence in childhood.
  • The Out Of the Shadows Index - This index maps where countries are today in terms of responding to sexual violence against children. It shows the gaps and areas where more work is needed.

RVSP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/measuring-progress-driving-solutions-tickets-73473612553

Come celebrate the launch of VOICE
Hosts: Mendy Marsh and Emma Fulu
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Venue: Daisy and Freesia

Join co-founders, Mendy Marsh and Emma Fulu, for the launch of VOICE at SVRI 2019.  VOICE is a new global organization that amplifies the voices of local women- and girl-led organizations and networks, promoting their leadership and their solutions to address violence against women and girls in humanitarian crisis. Invitation only.  Please contact info@voiceamplified.org  for more information.

Spotlight Initiative: What does the world’s largest targeted investment to EVAWG look like
Host: Erin Kenny, Head of the Technical Unit of the Spotlight Initiative
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Venue: Exhibition hall 8.3

This event will inform participants about the Spotlight Initiative, the world’s largest targeted investment in EVAWG globally by the EU and UN. Participants will engage in cross-country exchange, hear early programme results, learn about civil society engagement and network with leading experts in EVAWG programming, policy and research.
Please RSVP your attendance at: heran.ayele@un.org and zebib.kidane@un.org.

Humanitarian GBV Research & Innovation: Engaging through Elrha
Host: Elrha
Time:  8-9pm
Venue: Orchid

Elrha is a global organisation that finds solutions to complex humanitarian problems through research and innovation. Join Elrha and friends for a drink and discussion of the various opportunities for collaboration with GBV researchers and innovators interested in engaging further within the humanitarian sector. Hearing from grant recipients, strategic partners and GBV experts associated with Elrha’s research and innovation programmes, participants will have the chance to learn about various entry points to engage. This includes: through funding calls, support and guidance for GBV research and innovation, filling evidence gaps in the sector, and/or connecting with the research, innovation and GBV in emergencies community.

RSVP: Please rsvp online - https://crm.elrha.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=13

Prevention is possible: what works (online invitation)
HostWhat Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls (What Works)
Time:  1:15 - 2:30pm
Venue: Bluebell and Watsonia

Five years into this DFID-funded global research and implementation collaboration, this event will mark the culmination of the What Works Programme and reveal key findings on the latest evidence and evaluations on What Works in settings across Africa and Asia. Please RSVP your attendance at: Monalisa.Hela@mrc.ac.za

Partnering for ethical scale-up
Host: The Community for Understanding Scale Up (CUSP)
Time: 7:15 am- 8:45 am
Venue: Protea

This breakfast panel and discussion will bring together key funders, researchers, and practitioners involved in scaling social norm change programming to prevent violence against women and children to better understand the opportunities and constraints facing each group, have authentic dialogue about the impact of current challenges in taking VAW prevention programs to scale, and suggest practical mechanisms that can contribute to increase collaboration and quality programming.

This event is invite only.

Please email leah@raisingvoices.org for additional information.

Lunchtime event: Demonstrating sexual assault resistance strategies
Venue: Grass area

South African and Swaziland collaborators funded by the SVRI are adapting the Canadian Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act Sexual Assault Resistance Education (EAAA) programme, which has been shown effective in reducing the incidence of rape and other forms of sexual assault for at least one year in a clinical trial. The EAAA program includes an “ACT” component in which  WenDo self defence tactics are imparted. Wen-Do focuses on scenarios that often confront women, such as sexual assault or domestic attacks and its aim is to avoid threatening situations but being able to react if they happen, by taking the appropriate actions. The Southern collaborators will be showcasing and demonstrating some of these useful techniques at SVRI Forum 2019.  Come join in demonstration and learn some resistance strategies in sessions that will be led by trained facilitators from the Southern Programmes

The Global Compact on Refugees: what, why and how on delivering for women and girls?
Hosts: Josephine Ngebeh, UNHCR Regional Service Centre, Joanina Karugaba, UNHCR Geneva, Chi-Chi Undie, Population Council
Time: 09:00 – 12:00
Venue: Bluebell

The session sensitizes participants to the Global Compact (GC) on Refugees, which promotes burden- & responsibility-sharing among UN Member States & development actors, & opportunities to deliver more on protecting refugee women and girls, while promoting gender equality. An ongoing model of how the GC is playing out in refugee settings in the African region will be highlighted and coupled with interactive discussions around opportunities for further partner involvement. Please RSVP your attendance at: cundie@popcouncil.org

Learning from civil society advocacy movements about what works, and what doesn’t
Host: AmplifyChange
Time: 09:00 – 12:00
Venue: Exhibition hall 8.2

The objective of this session is to highlight the importance of researchers working alongside civil society organisations on issues of advocacy, policy and law change. Using examples from Somaliland and Zimbabwe we shall explore what works in advocacy to advance legal and policy change on SRHR and to secure effective implementation of SRHR laws and policies?’ By doing so, we will better understand how to advance positive changes in advocacy, how existing laws and policies can be strengthened, how to prevent negative changes and what is needed to building capability in civil society organisations to enable sustainable and successful advocacy.
Please RSVP your attendance at: amplifychange@manniondaniels.com.

The role of women’s rights organisations in strengthening the evidence base on violence against women with disabilities (online invite)
: Nepal Disabled Women Association, Deaf Women Included in Zimbabwe, and the What Works to Prevent VAWG global programme
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Venue: Exhibition hall 8.1

This interactive event will examine the role of women’s rights organisations in documenting, researching and advocating on violence against women with disabilities. The event will look at new evidence on the nature, scope and impact of violence against women with disabilities, where evidence gaps still remain, and what needs to be done to end all forms of violence against women with disabilities and ensure access to justice for survivors.

Please RSVP your attendance at info@womankind.org.uk.

Access to justice for LGBT asylum seekers
Host: Dr. Coenie Louw – Gateway Health Institute
Time: 09:00 – 12:00
Venue: Exhibition hall 8.3

Gateway invites you to join Judge Edwin Cameron and other panelists for this interactive panel discussion moderated by Deborah Ewing. The panel aims to  address challenges in accessing justice experienced by African LGBTQI+ asylum seekers and refugees. The session will also focus on the National Action Plan to Combat Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance that was released by the Department of Justice in March 2019. Lead by the panelists the audience will be involved in developing a set of recommendations to strengthen the NAP and ensure it is inclusive of marginalized and vulnerable communities. RSVP your attendance at: https://bit.ly/2ZkB6CA.

Unpacking the ‘black box’ of implementation: using qualitative, ethnographic and monitoring data in violence prevention and treatment programs
Hosts: Rebecka Lundgren, Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University, USA; Anjalee Kohli, Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University, USA; Prabu Deepan, Tearfund; Sri Lanka; Courtney J. McLarnon-Silk, Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University, USA; Diane Gardsbane, Independent Consultant, USA.
Time: 09:00 – 12:00
Venue: Daisy

Ethnographic and qualitative research and monitoring data from sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) prevention and response programs offer important information to unpack program change processes. These data can elucidate complex concepts including kinship and social networks, social norms, and how behaviors and change processes intersect with systems and structures and diffusion mechanisms. After discussion of lessons learned from qualitative and process data from different programs, participants will explore pathways to change and explore sticky issues from SGBV prevention and response approaches such as those that address faith, focus on male engagement or early childhood interventions and work with adolescents and young women. This participatory session will explore how these methods can support implementation and advocacy. Please RSVP your attendance at: https://forms.gle/3qZ1H9XuhzMaC3yN8 by September 30, 2019.

Developing a national parenting agenda: consensus building on evidence, policy making, advocacy and scale-up
Hosts: Siu Godfrey: Child Health & Development Centre, Makerere University; Lucy Otto: Ministry of Gender, Labour & Social Development
Time: 09:00 - 12:00
Venue: Pincushion

There is increasing policy interest to scale-up parenting programmes to prevent violence against children in SSA. This session discusses how best to build cross-sector national consensuses on parenting work between practitioners, researchers and policy makers. It will draw primarily on a new initiative in Uganda and share experiences from other African countries. Please RSVP your attendance by 24th October 2019 to Godfrey Siu at gsiu@chdc.mak.ac.ug

Accountable practices in engaging men and boys to end gender-based violence: a critical dialogue
Hosts: Emma Fulu, The Equality Institute; Oswaldo Montoya, MenEngage Alliance; Tyler Crone, Athena Network, Natsnet Ghebrebrhan, Raising Voices; COFEM and SVRI.
Time: 09:00 – 12:00
Venue: Protea

This side event at the SVRI forum will co-create a space for an open discussion of some of the key critical issues related to engaging men and boys to end and prevent sexual and gender based violence. The event will build on the discussion and research presented throughout the forum and allow participants to have critical dialogue on "accountable practices in engaging boys and men field", and collectively identify some ways forward to strengthen the field of engaging men and boys and place it more firmly within a feminist framework.

Please RSVP your attendance at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSddiewi4rxj6H8rSrD4_tQUTdSN2EogteduYkdn0lilh3zgSw/viewform

Leaving no woman behind: Tips and tricks for Inclusive GBV programming
: Sophie Pecourt, HI/Making It Work Gender and Disability Project; Alessandra Aresu, Humanity & Inclusion;  Yetneberesh Nigussie, Technical Advisor to MIW and joint winner of the Rights livelihood Award; Maria Bakaroudis, UNFPA; Carol Bosch, Cape Mental Health; Grace Jerry, Inclusive Friends Association, Nigeria.
Time: 09:00 – 12:00
Venue: Disa

This session will allow participants to get an overview of the implications of gender and disability intersectionality when implementing prevention and response to gender-based violence. Women from various backgrounds involved in GBV and fighitng for the rights and empowerment of women with disabilities will discuss concrete and inspirational examples and provide solutions to effectively include women in all their diversities in all aspects of GBV programming.

Please RSVP your attendance at http://evite.me/YcwqYUu2Er.

CART will be provided.

Making norms-shifting "the norm" for violence prevention programs! Guidance and tools from the Learning Collaborative to advance normative change
Hosts: Bryan Shaw, Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University, USA; Betsy Costenbader, FHI 360, USA.
Time: 09:00 – 12:00
Venue: Freesia

The Learning Collaborative has developed practical tools for social norms theory, measurement and scale up. In this participatory, skills-building workshop, participants will learn to apply these resources to diagnose drivers of violent behaviors. Tools will be shared on how to use these findings to inform program design and engage with considerations for scale to inform program design and learning. Please RSVP your attendance at: https://forms.gle/rMDq6e2eoRbuwehx8 by September 30, 2019.

From data to policy and action. Regional findings and recommendations of the OSCE-led survey on the well-being and safety of women in South East-Europe and Eastern Europe
Hosts: Joint event of OSCE, UNFPA, UN Women and UNICEF
Time: 09:00 – 12:00
Venue: Orchid

The OSCE-led Survey on the Well-being and Safety of Women is the first comparable representative study conducted in South-East Europe and Eastern Europe. This side event will discuss how the Survey’s robust data on prevalence, types and impact of violence, including violence connected to conflict, can be used to inform comprehensive and evidence-based policies, strategies, programmes and activities to prevent and combat violence against women and girls.
RSVP at dusica.djukic@osce.org

Strategies and partnerships to expand attention to children exposed to violence
Hosts: Promundo, SVRI, Together for Girls, The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, the Children’s Institute and the Institute for Security Studies
Time: 09:00 – 15:00

Promundo, SVRI, Together for Girls, The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, the Children’s Institute and the Institute for Security Studies are co-convening a meeting to explore strategies aimed at increasing attention to children’s exposure to violence—as a child rights and child protection issue, as a GBV prevention issue, and as a state obligation. The meeting is now closed but inquiries and requests for meeting documentation and proceedings can be sent to Dean Peacock, Senior Advisor for Global Advocacy, Promundo at d.peacock@promundoglobal.org.