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16 Days of Activism: No haven at home

10/12/2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


One in three women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. More than half of women who are intentionally killed, are murdered by intimate partners or family members. In every country of the world, only a small minority of rapes get reported to the police. While gender-based violence (GBV) is often perpetrated behind closed doors, it is not a private matter. On 10 December, LIDC is hosting an event to discuss gender-based violence and what can be done to stop the most common human rights violation of today.


The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that takes place each year. It commences on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, indicating that violence against women is the most pervasive breach of human rights worldwide. It was originated by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used by individuals, institutions and organisations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. As part of this global campaign, LIDC invites anyone with an interest in the topic to join our event on 10 December.



Professor Gene Feder qualified as a doctor at Guys Hospital Medical School and have worked as a GP for 32 years. As a health service researcher and trialist, I gradually changed the focus of my research from chronic cardiovascular and respiratory conditions to domestic violence and abuse (DVA).  My research group carried out the first European epidemiological study of DVA in primary care, landmark systematic reviews (DVA screening, advocacy and survivors’ expectations of clinicians) and randomised controlled trials of DVA interventions, particularly the landmark IRIS trial in general practice. I work closely with epidemiologists, social scientists and economists. I have been chief investigator on two NIHR applied research programmes on DVA. Since 2017, I have co-led HERA with Loraine Bacchus, collaborating with colleagues, initially in Brazil and the occupied Palestinian territory and now in Nepal and Brazil, to develop and evaluate health care responses to violence against women. Complementing my clinical and academic work, I have chaired 4 NICE clinical guidelines including Domestic violence and abuse, as well as the WHO Intimate partner and sexual violence guidelines. I chair the UK Inter-Collegiate And Domestic Violence Agency (INCADVA)forum and in 2017 was awarded an OBE for services to health care and victims of domestic abuse.


At this event, Professor Feder will speak about HERA – Healthcare Responding to Violence and Abuse. Among the aims of HERA is to understand how healthcare systems in low- and middle income countries can integrate and evaluate interventions for violence against women.


Poonam Rishal is a medical doctor and a researcher with more than decade of experience of conducting research on violence against women and intersectionality.  She strongly believes in creating an inclusive and just society for all humans. A mixed method researcher with focus on intervention to improve quality of care for victims/survivors and to improve safety for women who experience violence.  She is working as a co-investigator for a research study on health care responding to violence and abuse 2 (HERA 2), as NIHR funded collaborative study between University of Bristol, London School of Hygiene & Tropical medicine, Kathmandu University School of Medical Science, Dhulikhel Hopital in Nepal along with three other partners in Brazil, Sri Lanka and OPT. She is also a Postdoctoral researcher in a study funded by The Research Council of Norway on developing an intervention to improve safety of women in antenatal care setting, a collaborative study between Norwegian University of  Science and Technology and Kathmandu Medical College, Nepal. She is a Principle Investigator for a study exploring the experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Nepal, a collaborative study between Linnaeus University, Sweden and Kathmandu Medical College, Nepal.

Poonam will discuss the prevalence of gender based violence and interventions to prevent and respond to GBV in Nepal.




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