Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: A Comparative Assessment of Responses

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10:00 am TO 11:00 am
(GMT -5:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada), Bogota, Lima
Global Insight, ConnexUs & Search for Common Ground
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Global Insight Summer 2022 Brown Bag Series

This session is co-hosted by Global InsightConnexUs and Search for Common Ground.

Extant research has considered conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) from a number of angles. Understudied are the varied effects of institutional responses (formal vs. informal) responses, both in terms of understanding CRSV and what works or does not work when addressing this sensitive issue in complex conflict environments. We review findings from a mixed-methods study of conflict-related sexual violence across seven conflict-affected contexts—the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Lake Chad Basin, Myanmar, Somalia, and South Sudan.

Dr. Zoe Petkanas

Independent Researcher

Zoe received her PhD in Politics from the University of Cambridge, where she wrote her dissertation on women’s political participation in post-revolutionary politics, constitution drafting, and elections in Tunisia after 2011. She is now working on a book length project on the same topic as an American Institute for Maghrib Studies research fellow. She has nearly 15 years of research and MEL experience and has spent nearly a decade in the field. Her expertise includes democratization, women’s political participation, elections, political violence, constitutionalism, revolutionary politics, authoritarianism, and media in transition with a particular focus on the Middle East and North Africa.

Jillian J. Foster

Founder, Global Insight & Department of Political Science, Yale University

Jillian J. Foster studies armed group recruitment and mobilization and the performative nature of political violence at Yale University. Prior to joining Yale’s Department of Political Science, Foster completed masters degrees in gender studies from University College London and data science from New York University. As a Gender, Peace & Security expert, Foster has spent over a decade designing and leading fifteen quasi-experimental and mixed-methods studies, along with fieldwork in 12 countries. She is the founder of Global Insight, a consultancy specializing in the use of gender-sensitive, mixed-methods empirical research in fragile contexts. Foster is the Principal Investigator for the Women in Conflict Project, a research initiative – data collection: Somalia/land (2019); Afghanistan (2017); Syrian, Kurdish, and Palestinian women in Lebanon (2015); Tajikistan borderlands (2011) – that recently launched a podcast of the same name and for the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) joint review of conflict-related sexual violence and sexual exploitation and abuse.

Foster’s research has been supported by UN Women, CARE, the One Earth Future Fund, University College London, UNHCR and UNDP, in addition to the Yale University MacMillan Center Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Humanitarian Responses Fellowship. Her work has informed programming and policy at UN DPO and DPPA, CARE, Plan International, World Vision, UNHCR, UN Women, the UN Trust Fund, the International Rescue Committee, and countless other INGOs. She has presented her research to academics and practitioners in Atlanta, Geneva, Ghana, Lebanon, New York, Tajikistan, Thailand, and Washington, DC.

Global Insight brings together an interdisciplinary team of scholars and independent researchers to tackle our most sensitive questions in partnership with practitioners, policymakers, and donors. We work across sectors in fragile contexts to produce data-driven, gender-sensitive, multi-methods empirical research.

ConnexUs is a global learning, networking & coordination platform for you to collaborate with people in conflict-affected contexts who are addressing pressing challenges. ConnexUs seeks to improve the effectiveness & impact of your work by creating connections & opportunities.

Search for Common Ground is the world’s largest peacebuilding
organization, working on the frontlines of today’s most consequential
conflicts where millions of lives are at stake.

Join us for the Summer 2022 Brown Bag series which features timely research by our Principal Investigators. See all events here.