GVHC’s Submission to Parliament
SaME Researchers provide written evidence to the UK Parliament on DfID’s work on violence against women and girls.
Members of the Gender Violence and Health Centre (GVHC) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine welcome the opportunity to share our views on the DFID’s evolving programme on violence against women and girls. In this submission, we concentrate on elements of DFID’s programme that relate to research and evaluation, our primary area of expertise, but touch briefly on larger issues affecting the effectiveness of the UK government’s commitment to addressing violence against women and girls (VAWG).
Group Head: Charlotte Watts
Group Administrator: Rosa Arques
SaME’s 26 members span four disciplinary areas – social epidemiology, mathematical modelling, economics and social science – and conduct rigorous, action-oriented research on HIV/AIDS and gender based violence. SaME houses the LSHTM Gender, Violence and Health Centre and SaME Mathematical Modelling & Economics, heads the DFID funded STRIVE Research Programme Consortium on addressing the structural drivers of HIV/AIDS, and is leading the global burden of disease assessment of the prevalence and health impacts of inter-personal violence
A particular strength of SaME is its inter-disciplinary expertise, which has led both to important policy impacts and methodological and conceptual developments. Methodological contributions include approaches to evaluating complex HIV and violence prevention interventions, advances in HIV epidemiological theory, and the development of guidelines on the safe and ethical conduct of research on sensitive issues or with highly vulnerable populations.