SVRI Forum in Rio, September 18-21

SVRI is a space for the gathering of researchers and practitioners working in the area of SGBV. SVRI Forum 2017 will provide a platform for showcasing research and innovation in the field enabling participants to learn about new and tested interventions on how to end sexual violence, intimate partner violence and child abuse and maltreatment

September 19, 2017 

Faith and GBV Panel: at 11:30am  (venue: COPACABANA)

Chair: Veena O’Sullivan


at 16:00 – 18:00 (Venue: Botafogo)

Hosted by: JLI SGBV Hub

Faith plays a powerful influence on the lives of communities including survivors. Spiritual healing or well-being is a key aspect of the overall wellbeing of survivors as expressed by them so there is a real need to explore ways in which the global community explores, understands and works with faith in SGBV. Efforts are needed to promote partnerships between faith groups and other key stakeholders including researchers to begin to explore the role of faith in SGBV prevention and response.

As a process of bridging the gap between faith groups and other key stakeholders this session seeks to highlight the following: Share and discuss findings from Tearfund research on the role of faith in prevention and response to SGBV; Present an overview of evidence for faith groups’ activity and contribution to SGBV prevention and care, based on JLI SGBV Scoping Study; Understand the faith language, expressions and the real meaning of the same; Explore the mechanisms and approaches for developing good practice standards for faith response to SGBV; Identify key learning and tools to work with faith communities, and what additional tools are needed; and Launch the JLI SGBV Learning Hub.

September 20, 2017 at 14:30 (venue: LEME)

Faith and VAW

Chair: Chi-Chi Undie

September 21, 2017 at 11:30 am (venue: COPACABANA)

Science Pitches: Faith, Harassment & Responses

Chair: Tirhani Mangani


IMA World Health DRC Studies

For more information on the program and other presentations see here

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