Countdown to the Bi-Annual Sexual Violence Research Initiative Forum


by Amber Peterman | September 12, 2022

Next week, the Sexual Violence Research Initiative’s (SVRI) Bi-Annual Form kicks off in Cancun, Mexico – the largest global conference on violence against women and children – bringing together researchers and practitioners to move the field forward (19th – 23rd of September). Similar to previous years, members of the Collaborative will be there to share and discuss the latest research on cash transfer programs and intimate partner violence. To learn more about evidence, attend the panels on Tuesday and Wednesday (below), or stop by and chat during an informal meet-up hosted by the Collaborative and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) bringing together researchers interested in economic empowerment programming.

The meet-up will take place on Wednesday during lunch (13:00 – 14:30) and is open to everyone for networking, learning about ongoing work and future opportunities. Check out the meet-up section of the Whova App for further details, or email Amber Peterman (amberpeterman[at] for a direct invite and location.

Here are some panels on cash transfer programs and other economic programming that might be of interest at SVRI 2022 (Check out the entire SVRI Forum program here):

Tuesday 16:30 – 18:00

Session 3.3. Women’s economic empowerment, microfinance and CASH+

Venue: Picasso-Murillo
Translation available: Spanish, English

Chair: Sohini Bhattacharya, Breakthrough

  • Examining the effectiveness of a gender transformative approach in economic empowerment programs to reduce intimate partner violence
    Maureen Murphy, Elizabeth Rojas, Sylvia Owino, Peg Bavin, Manuel Contreras Urbina
  • Violence against women and achieving SDG8: innovation to integrate VAW prevention into women’s economic empowerment in Lebanon
    Sawsan Nourallah, Anik Gevers
  • Promoting women’s empowerment and maternal mental health through men’s engagement: testing of life skills building
    Rozina KarmalianiTazeen Saeed Ali, Samral Idrees, Nasim Zahid Shah, Shireen Shehzad Bhamani, Hussain Maqbool Ahmed Khuwaja, Nargis Asad, Giulia Ferrari, Judith McFarlane
  • Cost-effectiveness of gender training: the MAISHA intervention for women in Tanzania
    Giulia Ferrari, Tanya Abramsky, Guilhem Labadie, Giulia Greco, Saidi Kapiga, Shelley Lees, Sheila Harvey
  • Reducing VAW risk in Guatemala through gender transformative women’s economic empowerment programming
    Melissa Wong, Douglas Mendoza, Kristina Vlahovicova, Clara Alemann, Nery Sosa, Mabel Bejarano, Salomon Morales

Thursday 11:20 – 13:00

Session: 7.4. Cash assistance and cost of violence

Venue: Lanzarote 1, 2
Translation available: Spanish, English

Chair: Tesmerelna Atsbeha, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

  • The economic burden of intimate partner violence in Colombia
    Derek Brown, Melissa Meinhart, Catherine Poulton, Lindsay Stark
  • Evaluation of Mozambique’s child grant
    Juan Bonilla, Zlata Bruckauf, Rosa Castro-Zarzur, Amber Peterman
  • Women and girls choose: cash assistance in GBV case management saves lives
    Pamela Di Camillo, Reem Khamis, Rio Otara, Erika Garcia Roa, Elena Bertola, Erica Talentino, Sana Asi
  • Costo de la violencia de género y el logro de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible en Bolivia
    Carla Camacho
  • Cash transfers and intimate partner violence in South Sudan
    Courtland Robinson, Robert Kenyi Morjan, Kevin Savage, Emily Lyles, Kayla Pfeiffer-Mundt, Allison Jeffery, Gerbrand Alkema, Shannon Doocy