- SWIFT is a UK and Ireland-based ‘knowledge network’ bringing together healthcare providers, researchers, activists and advocates interested in research on HIV and women.
- On 12 June 2017, the group held a meeting about gender-based violence to:
· Highlight work done in the area
· Foster collaboration
· Address current knowledge gaps
- The session was chaired by Dr Rageshri Dhairyawan.
- Dr Dhairyawan's opening presentation gave an introduction and overview of GBV and HIV in the UK. The talk drew attention to the linkages between intimate-partner violence and HIV infection.
- STRIVE founding Research Director, Professor Charlotte Watts, now Chief Scientific Advisor at DFID, presented on global perspectives on gender-based violence and HIV.
- Prof Watts' talk revealed that physical or sexual violence affects more than one third of all women globally.
- Violence against women has many manifestations - it is not only physical violence that contributes to women's vulnerability to HIV.
- But violence is not inevitable!
- The SASA! trial in Uganda showed that community mobilisation around power and gender was effective in reducing violence against women and the associated HIV risk. A number of STRIVE papers analyse the data to understand how the intervention achieved its impact.
- Find out more about SASA! in this video!
- The presentations were followed by brainstorming sessions in groups and discussion about future steps.