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What works to prevent violence against women and girls?

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) affects thirty percent (1 in 3) of women globally. Eradicating VAWG is an important world development goal, and knowledge is needed for evidence based prevention. The What Works to prevent Violence against women and girls global programme (What Works) funded by UKAID, is the largest single investment in violence prevention knowledge production. The programme has pushed boundaries on the types of violence found, especially in conflict settings, and the drivers of violence. It has developed and is testing interventions in Africa and Asia, including in Tajikistan, Nepal, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Join us for an exciting learning event targeted at practitioners and academics to learn about the latest evidence and practice to eradicate violence against women and girls globally.

The event will be followed by a reception where light snacks and refreshments will be served.


Professor Rachel Jewkes

Professor Rachel Jewkes is the Director of the What Works to Prevent Violence Global Programme, as well the Executive Scientist: Research Strategy in the SAMRC Office of the President and Secretary of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative. She is an Honorary Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Public Health and a public health physician. She has spent 20 years undertaking research into violence against women and girls and gender inequity and health, mainly in South Africa. She was the lead technical advisor to the UN Multi-Country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific, is a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Injury and Violence Prevention and Control and the WHO Scientific and Technical Advisory Group on HIV. She is an author of over 150 peer reviewed journal publications, and more than a 100 book chapters, reviews and technical reports.

Dr Mary Esllberg

Dr. Mary Ellsberg is the Founding Director of the Global Women's Institute at George Washington University (GWU). Dr. Ellsberg has more than 30 years of experience in international research and programs on gender and development. Before joining the University in August 2012, Dr. Ellsberg served as vice president for research and programs at the International Center for Research on Women. Dr. Ellsberg’s deep connection to global gender issues stems not only from her academic work but also from living in Nicaragua for nearly 20 years leading public health and women’s rights advocacy. She was a member of the core research team of the World Health Organization’s Multi-Country Study on Domestic Violence and Women’s Heath, and she has authored more than 40 books and articles on violence against women and girls. Dr. Ellsberg earned a doctorate in epidemiology and public health from Umea University in Sweden and a bachelor's degree in Latin American studies from Yale University.

To enable non-London based participants to attend, the event will be live streamed




Free to attend but registration is required. Please register using the link below.


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