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Using and Improving Data on Gender-Based Violence
May 9, 2013Washington, D.C.

This session includes a presentation of new research by Dr. Lori Heise, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, on multilevel determinants of partner violence.

A Gender and Development Seminar Series Event

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This session includes a presentation of new research by Dr. Lori Heise on multilevel determinants of partner violence. Heise's presentation reviews methods for conceptualizing, capturing, and measuring partner violence. It then presents findings from a unique use of data at individual, community, and societal levels to identify risk factors of partner violence in low- and middle-income countries with a focus on Brazil and Peru.

This kind of analysis can inform policy design and targeting at multiple levels. Heise highlights recent impact evaluations of complex interventions led by her research center and the emerging evidence base from cluster-randomized trials behind what works, and what doesn't, to prevent gender-based violence. The discussants build on Heise's presentation by sharing perspectives on key opportunities to move the data agenda forward in gender-based violence and implications of the research for World Bank projects and operations. The session discusses the most urgent data gaps and specific ways that researchers, governments, and donors can overcome those gaps. The session will inform the World Bank's work toward a report on Voice, Agency & Participation that includes a focus on freedom from violence.


Dr. Lori Heise, Senior Lecturer, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Dr. Lori Heise’s career in women’s health and HIV/AIDS spans more than two decades and bridges the worlds of research, policy, and civil society engagement.  She is an internationally recognized expert on the dimensions, causes and prevention of intimate partner violence and served on the core research team of the WHO Multi-country study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence.  She is author of “What works to prevent partner violence: An evidence-based review” and co-author of “Researching Violence Against Women: A Practical Guide for Researchers and Advocates.” Currently she is a Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) where she serves as the Chief Executive of STRIVE, an international research consortium dedicated to studying the structural drivers of HIV, including gender inequalities, stigma and criminalization, lack of livelihood options and alcohol use and harmful drinking norms. Prior to joining LSHTM, she spearheaded a 20-year effort to address the HIV prevention needs of women.  As founding Director of the Global Campaign for Microbicides (GCM), she built an international network of advocates working to expand HIV prevention options and to encourage ethical research that involves communities and civil society.


Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, Professor & Anna D. Wolf Chair, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell is the Anna D. Wolf Chair in Nursing at the Johns Hopkins School University of Nursing. Dr. Campbell’s research addresses the risk factors for and the evaluation of interventions to prevent domestic violence. She has authored more than 200 articles & 7 books on intimate partner violence, violence against women, and risk for Intimate partner femicide. Dr. Campell has served on several NIH review panels and is an elected member of the American Academy of Nursing and the Institute of Medicine. She was a Simon Visiting Scholar at the University of Manchester in the UK and the Institute of Medicine/American Academy of Nursing/American Nursing Foundation Scholar in Residence. Dr. Campbell has been active in the Institute of Medicine as a member of the Board on Global Health, served on 5 consensus committees and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Forum on Global Violence Prevention.

Renos Vakis, Lead Economist, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, LAC , World Bank

Renos Vakis is a Lead Economist in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit of the Latin America and the Caribbean Region at the World Bank. His research focuses on poverty reduction, equity and gender issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. He also supports the design, targeting and impact evaluation of anti-poverty interventions. He has written extensively on issues related to poverty dynamics and mobility, risk management, social protection, gender, market failures and rural development, especially in Latin America and South Asia. He has also taught economics at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.


Jeni Klugman, Director, Gender and Development, World Bank

Event Details
  • When: 12:30-2 p.m.
  • Where: MC4-800, World Bank Headquarters
  • CONTACT: Mame Niasse
  • mniasse@worldbank.org