Ending Violence Against Women & Girls

A Global Shared Research Agenda

For the first time the voices of practitioners, activists, and survivors have sat centred alongside academics and other specialists to set a fair, relevant, and effective research agenda in the field of violence prevention for the next five years.

The Sexual Violence Research Initiative / SVRI and The Equality Institute with support from funding partners Wellspring Philanthropic Fund and Sida, launched the world's first Global Shared Research Agenda (GSRA) on violence against women and girls (VAWG).

Transforming the field of research

The GSRA presents the results of two years of evidence informed dialogues and discussion, which has drawn on the wisdom of the crowd, to set research priorities for the next five years for fair, effective and relevant research on violence against women in low and middle-income countries.

This is the first time the voices of practitioners, researchers and activists have sat centred and equal alongside academics and other specialists in the field.

The process

Through the process, the GSRA sought to:

  • Identify evidence gaps
  • Assist research planning and fundraising
  • Serve as an advocacy tool
  • Serve as a monitoring tool
  • Guide SVRI grant-making

To identify these research priorities, and ensure the process was fair and transparent, a method called CHNRI was adapted, which considers the views of multiple stakeholders, not just technical experts, with all views treated equally without some voices being more dominant than others. It does this by ‘crowd-sourcing’ multiple opinions on an issue, surpassing the ‘expert’ judgement of one person.

“This is a ground-breaking piece of work. With the GSRA we are challenging the old way of doing things, which for too long have seen research agendas set by people far removed from the communities for whom the research is meant to serve”. - Elizabeth Dartnall, Executive Director, SVRI.

The GSRA reveals that there are still major gaps in the violence against women research field. The GSRA provides funders a framework to increase investment in high-quality and ethical research; researchers should use the GSRA to inform their own research agendas; practitioners should use the agenda as a guide for partnerships with researchers on the evaluation of their interventions; and as a field together, the GSRA serves as a powerful advocacy tool to advocate for more and better research funding that addresses critical research gaps in the field.

“This is a huge opportunity to effect real and lasting change. We have never before seen a research agenda that has the people for whom the research is meant to serve at its very heart. It has been a huge undertaking, ensuring that the questionnaires were inclusive, accessible, and user-friendly, that they addressed the global inequalities around access and internet bandwidth. It was essential for us to find the voices of those in LMICs working at the frontline of violence prevention, survivors, people who live and breathe this work, and we found them. But for this piece of work, the GSRA to have the impact we need it to have, it must be shared, and it must be used.” - Emma Fulu, Founder and Director of The Equality Institute

The GSRA revealed that the top five research questions for the violence against women prevention field are (highest scoring first):

  1. What types of interventions can effectively prevent multiple forms of violence and why?
  2. What types of interventions are most effective for preventing intimate partner violence (including "honour"-based violence) against women facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination (including age, poverty, disability, ethnicity, race, sexuality etc.)?
  3. How are new feminist social movements (e.g. Me too, Ni una menos etc.) and meninist social movements (Men's Rights Activists (MRAs), incels etc) positively or negatively influencing individual, social and policy perspectives related to the experience and perpetration of violence?
  4. What intervention works to prevent sexual harassment in institutional settings (in-person or online), including in the workplace and educational settings, and why?
  5. What are the impacts (including disability-related impacts) of under-researched forms of IPV on women and girls, including emotional and economic IPV, revenge porn and honour-based violence?

“With the GSRA we have an opportunity to shift the power imbalance, and centre activists and practitioners who are working on the ground and who have a deep insight into interventions that are working in communities. The GSRA is for us as activists, and we need to find ways to ‘rise up’ these voices.” - GSRA Advisory Group Member.

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