NEWS IN BRIEF
FINALISTS OF THE GLOBAL WOMEN'S INSTITUTE COMMUNICATIONS X-CHANGE COMPETITION
We could not be more pleased that The Global Women's Institute at The George Washington University has recognised our dedication to communications for social change by selecting our Equality Conversation campaign as one of the top 12 candidates for the 2017 Communications X-Change competition. Our work has been selected from over 100 entries from 37 different countries who submitted various works from flyers, to posters, videos, brochures, and educational materials.
The Equality Conversation campaign was deemed to have been one of the most effective in helping change communities, policies, institutions and behaviours to end violence against women.
We will find out if we're selected for top three later this year. Until then if you haven't seen the campaign, make sure to check it out here:
WORLD BANK GROUP AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE RESEARCH INITIATIVE DEVELOPMENT MARKETPLACE AWARDS
The Equality Institute was part of a team, led by Oxfam and in partnership with Monash University, that was awarded one of the prestigious World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Development Marketplace Awards in April. The award is for a cutting-edge research project that will enhance and deepen the effectiveness of Oxfam’s Safe Families program, a locally-developed and community-led initiative that works to address the root causes of family and sexual violence in the Solomon Islands.
The multi-component qualitative study will evaluate the Safe Families intervention, to understand what is working and how the program can be further improved. It will also provide a deeper understanding of the attitudes, beliefs and social norms that drive high rates of family violence in Solomon Islands.
Our Director, Dr Emma Fulu, was with the team in Washington D.C. to accept the award and to take part in a panel to present the project. "One of the most exciting things about this project is not just that it will contribute to violence prevention in the Pacific, but that it will advance the field globally by providing much need evidence on what works to address violence against women in low-resource, high-prevalence, remote communities," said Dr Fulu.
The team also had the opportunity to meet with the World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim, who committed a minimum of USD3.5m on more development marketplace initiatives to combat gender-based violence. The team also met the other grantees, who are implementing groundbreaking projects that range from efforts to reduce violence among refugees in Ethiopia, to community approaches to prevent gender-based violence in the Amazon of Peru.
We are very excited to embark on this project in the coming months, and we look forward to sharing our learnings of what works to prevent violence against women.
A VERY FEMINIST PHOTOSHOOT
If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know that last year we released a fabulous range of feminist merchandise including postcards, stickers, aprons, and tees. We’ve strived to make the range wearable and inclusive, and felt we needed to exemplify that in our shop images. So, in the summer we reached out to our community to slip on our feminist wears and participate in a photoshoot. We also sat down and interviewed each participant and asked them about what they do, what they’re passionate about, and their thoughts on gender equality. The result is a beautiful selection of photographs and quotes. Over the next few months, keep an eye out on our social media to learn more about these cool individuals, and see how they style our merch too!
UPCOMING: THE EQUALITY INSTITUTE AT THE SEXUAL VIOLENCE RESEARCH INITIATIVE FORUM 2017
This September, the Equality Institute will be an official sponsor and partner of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Forum 2017, in Rio, Brazil. This is the largest world-wide conference dedicated to research on prevention and response to sexual and intimate partner violence. We will be amongst researchers, civil society, policy-makers, donors and others to share and learn about the most current and cutting edge research the field has to offer on sexual and other forms of violence against women and children.
We will participate in the conference in a number of ways. SVRI has recognised our innovative approach to communications for social change and sharing research findings with different audiences, and has asked us to conduct a pre-conference workshop on research uptake. We’re so excited to have the opportunity to lead a workshop and contribute to the sexual violence research field by providing researchers and practitioners with tools to help them gain larger or new audiences for their work. We will also attend the forum, host an exhibition space to share our work and merchandise, present our research, and our Director will be a keynote speaker.
As an organisation at the forefront of global violence against women prevention research and policy programming, our participation in the SVRI Forum 2017 will be invaluable to the sexual violence research field. We look forward to sharing our knowledge and experience with the other attendees, and working together with the field towards a world without violence. The experience will also benefit us as an organisation and the work we do in Australia, and we look forward to implementing new methods and ideas into our projects upon our return.
This is a real opportunity for us to grow and contribute to the sector. But we need help getting there. If you'd like to support us please head to our fundraising page and pick up some gifts while you're there too: