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

Self care and well-being

The Brave Room

The SVRI values the wellbeing of our delegates and recognises the emotional impact of listening and talking through difficult topics. This year, the Forum will offer a space for delegates who may need emotional support after engaging with presentations or through the process of presenting.

This room will provide delegates with a space to take time out, reflect, relax and breathe. It also serves as a safe space to process any research presented at the Forum. Experienced counsellors from the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust will be available to facilitate this process.  It is open to anyone attending the conference, as well as translators, support staff, and conference presenters.

You can contact the counsellors via the conference helpdesk.

For vicarious trauma resources, visit: http://www.svri.org/research-methods/researcher-trauma-and-safety

Self care and well-being activities
Tuesday 22 October

  • Power Within, Tuesday 22 October, 13:15 – 14:15pm, Exhibition all 8.3: Stress and anxiety share an imbalance of the nervous system where stimuli may drive our body/mind into 'fight-flight' mode. Learn what triggers this imbalance and practice with tools to deactivate/transform it. We all have the power to strengthen our resilience and expand our capacity to create new mindful pathways. Please RSVP your attendance to Niyati Shah at: niyati@awakenvision.com.
  • Demonstrating sexual assault resistance strategies, Thursday 24 October, 13:30 – 14:30, Exhibition all 8.1: South African and Swaziland collaborators, funded by the SVRI and SVRI WBG, are adapting the Canadian Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act Sexual Assault Resistance Education (EAAA) programme. EAAA, thought an RCT evaluation, was effective in reducing the incidence of rape and other forms of sexual assault, one-year post intervention. The EAAA program includes an “ACT” component which trains participants in WenDo self-defense skills. WenDo is more than just self-defense. WenDo celebrates women’s resilience, strength, and determination and instructors work to debunk victim blaming, sexist and oppressive messages that we as women are exposed to.  Join us over lunch for an action-based session where South African and Swaziland trained WenDo facilitators will share Wen-Do techniques and other self-defense strategies including awareness, avoidance, and verbal self-defense.

Well-Being Wall
Please share how you stay well and healthy whilst doing this work on SVRI’s Well-Being Wall in the Exhibition Hall.

SVRI Forum 2019 Programme Book - view and download