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As part of the Stepping Stones and Creating Futures impact evaluation funded by What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls? Programme and UKAID, the team undertakes much qualitative research to understand our young women’s and men’s lives and how the intervention helps them negotiate life’s changes. In addition to the many in-depth interviews, we have carried out over…
As an ethnographer on the Stepping Stones and Creating Futures intervention trial currently underway in Durban, South Africa, I have been absolutely amazed hearing the stories of the facilitators. Their incredible resilience in overcoming challenges when they head out to run the intervention in informal settlements around the city and has led me to call them: the fanatics. The Stepping…
Everything is extremely lush in Nepal and a steady curtain of monsoon rain falls. I’m just back after three days visiting project activities in Nawalparasi, one of the three intervention districts – a 20 min flight or up to 12 hours drive during the monsoon from Kathmandu. The Equal Access ‘Change Starts at Home’ project targets young married couples and…
29 June 2016

Life in Dadaab

Component 2 is conducting research in Dadaab refugee camp, assessing a comprehensive case management model where tasks are shared between national staff and refugee community workers to provide services for women who have experienced violence. Here a young researcher provides us with a glimpse into what it’s really like to live and work in Dadaab refugee camp and on the…
Recently, one woman’s horror and heroism has brought a much needed change in the conversation about rape in our society. Brock Turner’s rape of a woman at Stanford University, and his unacceptable 6-month sentence, reveals not just a horrendous, all too common sexual assault, but a broken system that continues to protect male abusers, blame victims and condone violence against…
A new half hour radio drama and discussion programme will soon be launched by Equal Access International in Nepal and is the key component of the multi-faceted 'Change Starts at Home' project, part of the DFID What Works portfolio, supported through the South African Medical Research Council. The programme is aptly named 'Samajhdari' meaning 'mutual understanding' in Nepali and is targeted at…
To reduce violence against women we must understand the multidimensional nature of female oppression, writes Nolwazi Ntini, Ethnographer/Project Manager, Gender Equality and Health Programme, HEARD, UKZN. https://whatworksglobal.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/on-strengthening-the-feminist-movement-in-southern-africa/  
Andrew Gibbs, a researcher at the Gender Equality and Health Programme at HEARD at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and the PI on the Stepping Stones and Creating Futures evaluation funded by What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women, is presenting at the International Conference on Community Psychology (ICCP) in Durban running from 27th to 30th May. He will present a…
Andrew Gibbs from the gender equality and health unit at HEARD and Nwabisa Jama Shai from the gender and health unit of the South African Medical Research Council on strengthening government, civil society and academic relationships for evidenced-based policy and programming to prevent VAWG.  
Putting Violence Against Women at the Centre of the Agenda for Women’s Economic Empowerment Agenda At last it seems the world is recognising that economies built on a foundation of patriarchy are inefficient as well as unequal and unjust. As the 60th Commission on the Status of Women opens in New York this week, a series of promising global initiatives…
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