Monday, 4 August 2014

The 2014 Graeme Schofeild Oration

“What Works? Strategies for preventing sexual violence”

Internationally recognised expert on sexual violence Professor Rachel Jewkes will discuss effective measures for the prevention of sexual violence at the Graeme Schofield Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Oration on 7 August, 2014.

Professor Jewkes is a public health physician and the Director of the Gender and Health Research Unit at the South African Research Council in Pretoria, South Africa. She is also the Secretary of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative and the Director of the global program called What works to prevent violence? Globally a third of women and girls have experienced physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner. In some regions this prevalence is even higher.

Professor Jewkes’ work has encompassed research into sexual violence in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. This has included detailed mapping of the prevalence and context of sexual violence, gender inequity and health in South Africa. Recently Professor Jewkes was the head technical advisor in a United Nations study which examined the use of violence against women in six nations in Asia and the Pacific and how it can be prevented. This major project involved input from 13,000 men and 3,000 women.

The study found big variations in the prevalence of sexual and physical violence against women by their intimate partners ranging from 25% in Purwejo in Indonesia to 80% in Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. The study also investigated the prevalence of violence against women who were not intimate partners.

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