Professor Rachel Jewkes will help us launch Infrastructures of Gendered Violence with a keynote presenting her insights – based on more than 20 years of experience – on ‘What Works To Prevent Gendered Violence.’ Read her abstract here.
Note: The event will take place on December 1 at 4 – 6:30pm at Free School Lane, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge.
Professor Jewkes will discuss the global prevalence, patterns and interrelationships between different forms of violence: From partner violence, rape and violence against children to peer and community violence, and the violence of war. Professor Jewkes will take us through epidemiological evidence on the drivers of gender-based violence by men and the exposure of women, to interpret the findings in the light of major areas of social theory related to gender and power, the psychopathology of childhood violence exposure, and communities and social norms. Debates about the prevention of gender violence have often juxtaposed investment in the empowerment of women versus an investment in changing men. Professor Jewkes will argue that implicit in our understanding of gender violence as a complex social phenomenon (or social phenomena) is a requirement that prevention efforts are equally complex. Professor Jewkes will conclude with discussing some of the interventions that have been shown to work to prevent violence and some of the work which is in the pipeline in the UK-AID funded flagship global program, ‘What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls?’
Professor Rachel Jewkes is the Director of the Gender & Health Research Unit at the Medical Research Council in Pretoria, South Africa; the Secretary of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative, Consortium director of the UKAid funded What Works To Prevent Violence? Global Programme and an award-winning scientist who has spent over 20 years researching and working on the intersections of gender-based violence, gender inequity, and health.