Helen Liebling and Faddy Gladys Canogura, Director of Kitgum Women's Peace Initiative

Dr Helen Liebling encourages discussion about sexual violence

Dr Helen Liebling (Lecturer-Practitioner in Clinical Psychology and Associate of the Africa Studies Centre)  is currently promoting the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) discussion forum.

Dr Liebling is a member of the Tearfund/SVRI learning initiative on faith and local communities role in the prevention and response to sexual and gender based violence.

Tearfund is a Christian-based charity organisation, who are working internationally to end poverty. The SVRI is a global research initiative, led by the Gender Research Department, Medical Research Council, South Africa, that aims to promote quality research in the area of sexual violence, particularly in developing countries.

As part of this initiative there is a discussion forum on faith based organisations, FBOs, role in combating sexual and gender-based violence internationally. One of the main questions the forum intends to debate is:

What role can FBOs play in the prevention and response to sexual and intimate partner violence?

To take part in the discussion, please visit: http://www.svri.org/forums/

The set-up of the forum is timely as from June 10–13 2014, the United Kingdom will host the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict: the largest ever global meeting on this issue. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie will co-chair the summit, which brings world leaders, civil society organizations, sexual violence survivors, and legal and conflict experts together to sign onto a concrete plan to end the use of rape as a weapon of war.

Dr Helen Liebling has been invited through Isis-Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange to participate in a conversation panel at the Global Summit on Wednesday, 11th June 10-11.30am, which will include discussion of the model developed through their collaborative work.

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