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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…
I was half way across the world from my family in the Philippines when Typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc two years ago. As a Filipina citizen it was hard to see the footage; to hear my family talk about the devastation and the people they couldn’t get in touch with. In some ways it was even harder knowing what was going…
The magnitude of GBV incidence in Papua New Guinea is considered by some to be of epidemic proportions. The social, emotional and physical costs of GBV are widely recognised, as are national-level economic costs. But the impact at individual firm level is less well understood. This toolkit seeks to provide NGOs, academia or businesses with the means to assess the…
We know that allocation of resources is political. To make decisions, we need to show the cost of doing nothing. - Nata Duvvury, Economist and lead technical advisor to the costing of violence against women studies. Access the full article...
New £1.5 million project to focus on economic and social costs of violence against women and girls A new research project announced today (11 February) is to investigate the social and economic costs of violence against women and girls in developing countries. Led by Dr Nata Duvvury of the National University of Ireland Galway, and funded by the UK’s Department…
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 are underway to address women’s systematic exclusion from economic advancement. This calls for celebration –…
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…
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