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Finding the Path Forward: Promoting Equity and Ethics in Research on GBV among Refugee Populations in the Global South

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GWI's Building GBV Evidence program hosted the first in a four-part webinar series focused on gaps and opportunities around GBV research among conflict-affected displaced populations. This first session, “Finding the Path Forward: Promoting Equity and Ethics in Research on GBV among Refugee Populations in the Global South,” was hosted on Thursday, November 18, 2021. You can watch the recording of the webinar here.

The session, moderated by GWI’s Beth Maclin, featured the following dynamic panelists:

Chi-Chi Undie is a Senior Associate with the Population Council, where her research focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights and girls’ education. For the last decade, she has directed the ‘Africa Regional SGBV Network.’ She currently serves as CEO-cum-Research Director for ‘Baobab’ – an FCDO-funded research program consortium focusing on filling gaps in evidence in SRHR in refugee settings in the East and Horn of Africa

Natsnet Ghebrebrhan works as the VAW Prevention Coordinator at Raising Voices, a feminist organization based in Kampala, Uganda. Natsnet supports all efforts across the dynamic team as well as participates in the Leadership Committee. She has been involved in the field of VAW prevention and response since 2001 and has a strong background on addressing VAW in the humanitarian context. Before joining Raising Voices, Natsnet worked in emergency and post-emergency settings in Eastern and Western Africa, and South-East Asia.

Dr. Roxani Krystalli is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the University of St Andrews. Her research and teaching focus on feminist peace and conflict studies, as well as on the politics of nature and place. Roxani is particularly interested in the role and ethics of storytelling about violence. For over a decade, she has worked at the intersection of gender and peace-building as an academic researcher and humanitarian practitioner, and she continues to advise international organizations on various aspects of gender, peace, and justice. Roxani holds a PhD and MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, as well as a BA from Harvard University. She is from Thessaloniki, Greece, and lives in Scotland. 

If you missed this first webinar, there will be more opportunities to engage! Part two of the webinar series will focus on vulnerable refugee subpopulations that are largely missing from the GBV research and evaluation literature. Additional details and registration will be forthcoming.

The Building GBV Evidence webinar series is based on the findings from a year-long process to map out the existing published evidence and illuminate key research gaps to identify who is missing, what we don’t yet know, and how we can expand our approaches to research and evaluation on this important issue. You can read more about our findings in the full gap analysis report, “Finding the path forward: Identifying research gaps on gender-based violence among conflict-affected refugees in the Global South".