Local humanitarian leadership is built upon the premise that humanitarian action should be led by local humanitarian actors whenever possible, yet this research finds that secular humanitarian INGOs do not engage systematically with local faith actors in their local leadership work. Based primarily on interviews with humanitarian INGO staff, this research also found that neither secular nor faith-inspired international humanitarian organizations have a sufficient level of religious literacy to enable them to understand the religious dimensions of the contexts in which they work and to effectively navigate their engagement with local faith actors.
Join to hear more about the research and participate in a discussion on religious literacy and engaging local faith actors. Please feel free to send your questions to the email below.
The JLI Ending Violence Against Children (EVAC) Learning Hub brings together academics, policy experts, and practitioners to review and analyse the knowledge base regarding the multiple roles of faith and faith actors to influence or end violence against children, in line with SDG 16.2. Currently, existing data is not standardized and there is no central repository or systematic review. The hub will help overcome evidence gaps regarding faith communities role in violence against children and help inform and improve policy and practice.
Exchange information about members’ interests and work relating to the Hub topic.
Discuss and prioritize research themes
Review and discuss Hub Terms of Reference and concept note
Updates on faith in relation to ending violence in the context of current policy environment
Discuss how the hub will work together and next steps
The Ending Violence Against Children Hub is a part of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities Learning Hubs, which narrow the focus of enquiry about evidence for faith groups’ activities and contributions to community wellbeing to selected sub-topics. For more information, see the Ending Violence Against Children Hub draft Terms of Reference and concept note. For any questions or more information please contact [email protected]
The JLI GBV Hub is hoping to gauge the interested persons in the participation in SVRI Forum in Rio, September 18-21.
SVRI is a space for the gathering of researchers and practitioners working in the area of SGBV. SVRI Forum 2017 will provide a platform for showcasing research and innovation in the field enabling participants to learn about new and tested interventions on how to end sexual violence, intimate partner violence and child abuse and maltreatment. The SVRI Forum 2017 will have various participation modalities including but not limited to: abstract-driven presentations to meetings, plenary and networking sessions, poster presentations, parallel events.
September 19, 2017
Faith and GBV Panel: at 11:30am (venue: COPACABANA)
Chair: Veena O’Sullivan
Faith engagement as a factor in women’s empowerment and IPV: findings from a quantitative household survey in Ituri Province, DRC- Maggie Sandilands, E. le Roux, R. Jewkes, U. Baghuma Lele, N.Scott
Listening to male survivors of church sexual abuse: voices from survivors of Sodalicio abuses in Peru- David Tombs
Faith and responses to sexual violence in displacement: understanding the needs and experiences of Colombian faith leaders- Ivón Natalia Cuervo Fernández, A. Pineda, L. Cadavid, E. le Roux, L. Rojas-Flores
Cutting-edge research: evidence to support engaging men in ending FGM in Egypt- Fatma El-Zanaty, A. Fahmy, S. El Feki
JOINT LEARNING INITIATIVE on Faith & Local Communities (JLI) SGBV HUB
at 16:00 – 18:00 (Venue: Botafogo)
Hosted by: JLI SGBV Hub
Faith plays a powerful influence on the lives of communities including survivors. Spiritual healing or well-being is a key aspect of the overall wellbeing of survivors as expressed by them so there is a real need to explore ways in which the global community explores, understands and works with faith in SGBV. Efforts are needed to promote partnerships between faith groups and other key stakeholders including researchers to begin to explore the role of faith in SGBV prevention and response.
As a process of bridging the gap between faith groups and other key stakeholders this session seeks to highlight the following: Share and discuss findings from Tearfund research on the role of faith in prevention and response to SGBV; Present an overview of evidence for faith groups’ activity and contribution to SGBV prevention and care, based on JLI SGBV Scoping Study; Understand the faith language, expressions and the real meaning of the same; Explore the mechanisms and approaches for developing good practice standards for faith response to SGBV; Identify key learning and tools to work with faith communities, and what additional tools are needed; and Launch the JLI SGBV Learning Hub.
September 20, 2017 at 14:30 (venue: LEME)
Faith and VAW
Chair: Chi-Chi Undie
The perspectives and experiences of sexual violence of internally displaced people in Colombian faith communities Laura Cadavid, E. le Roux, L. Rojas-Flores, C. Monsalve
Exploring the nexus between harmful traditional practices, sexual and gender-based violence and religion: working effectively with faith leaders Elisabet le Roux, B. Bartelink
Combating stigma against rape survivors and children born of rape in armed conflict: the role of faith leaders and youth Erica Hall
Masculinité, famille et foi intervention – Passages project Francesca Quirke, P. Deepan, T. Shand, C. McLarnon-Silk
Political Islam, perceived male disadvantage and wife abuse in rural Bangladesh Ruchira Tabassum Naved, A. Talukder, T. Prasad Gupta, V. Le Masson, K. Yount. F. Samuels
September 21, 2017 at 11:30 am (venue: COPACABANA)
Science Pitches: Faith, Harassment & Responses
Chair: Tirhani Mangani
Their priority, our challenge: qualitative research on survivor perspectives across nine countries Veena O’Sullivan
Tradition or religion- a potent mix Sabine Nkusi, A.Diallo
Coercion, conflation, compassion: can faith leaders prevent violence against women and girls Kirsten Laursen Muth
From Bangladesh to India: scaling up workplace intervention against VAWG in factories in South Asia Marat Yu, A. Bergstrom, J. Wan
Born to be free: an Asia-Pacific study of interventions to address violence against women and girls in public spaces Emma Fulu, M. Alvarado
Mapping for policy: a “whole journey” approach to tackling sexual harassment and sexual violent victimization in public transit Y. Irvin-Erickson, Ammar Malik, F. Kamiran, M. Natarajan, J. Zweig
Electronic sexual coercion and sexual violence among adolescent girls in San Diego County Marissa Salazar, J.G. Silverman, A. Raj, M. Rusch, E. Reed
Experiencing sexual harassment by males and associated substance use and poor mental health outcomes among adolescent girls in the US Elizabeth Reed, M. Salazar, J. Silverman, A. Behar, M. Rusch, N. Agah, A. Raj
Barriers and facilitators to integrating health service responses to intimate partner violence in low and middle income countries. A comparative health systems and service analysis Manuela Colombini
Shipwrecked on an island: women’s experiences accessing health services when they have experienced both sexual violence and mental health problems Kelsey Hegarty, L. Tarzia
Transforming health outcomes of mothers and children exposed to domestic violence into applications for smart phones that offer rapid assessment and triage for services Judith McFarlane
Routine enquiry about intimate partner violence in antenatal care. Two qualitative studies that explore women and midwives perspective Lena Henriksen, L. Garnweidner-Holme, M. Solheim, K.K. Thorsteunsen, M. Lukasse
Violence perpetration against female sex workers in Thailand: contextual data for intervention development and trauma-informed delivery of health services Jennifer Sherwood, D. Phuengsamran, L. Koenig, A. Wirtz, S. Janyam, M. Decker
A qualitative evaluation of an intersectoral intervention for intimate partner violence in a rural sub-district of South Africa K. Rees, V. Zweigenthal, Kate Joyner
Evaluating multi-sectoral responses to sexual violence against women: understanding integration models in resource poor settings Ruth Nekura
Responding to sexual and gender based violence through integrated sexual and reproductive health service delivery in Palestine A. Stavridis, Shamazat Babar
Speaking of justice: the significance of silence, recognition, communication and memory upon the impact of unwanted sexual experiences Colleen Moore
When the health system has collapsed due to a crisis, how to provide life-saving services to GBV survivors? Lessons learnt from CAR Aurélie Leroyer, Chloé Roger, S. Simon
Norms around intimate partner violence among women and men, and intersections with IPV and HIV services: new evidence from a large population-based sample in South Africa A. Gottert, J. Pulerwitz, Nicole Haberland, S.A. Lippman, K. Kahn, A. Julien, A. Selin, R. Twine, D. Peacock, A. Pettifor
The International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) is seeking applications from education professionals that train future religious leaders to take part in the 2018 KAICIID International Fellows Programme. The Programme gathers religious teachers from around the world for in-person and online training in dialogue, mediation and promoting social cohesion that will bring the Fellows to Vienna to teach dialogue, become active facilitators and leaders in dialogue and be advocates for peace in their communities.
Set to commence in January 2018, the International Fellows Programme will support the Fellows development so they can develop and implement small-scale local and international projects during the course of the programme. There will also be opportunities to organize and attend dialogues, lectures, field visits and conferences
The deadline for applications is 31 July 2017.
First network event: FBO Workshop on Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals
On Monday 13th February 2017, Islamic Relief Academy and the University of Leeds held a workshop in Birmingham, UK. Around 25 participants came together to network and discuss research priorities on religions and the SDGs, representing a mixture of academic and non-governmental organisations, including Islamic Relief, and academic partners from India and Ethiopia.
Questions addressed in the workshop included:
Did your organisation have a role in the consultation process to define the SDGs? What were some of the strengths and challenges of the process?
To what extent do you feel that religious voices were enabled to be heard in the consultation process and with what effect?
To what extent and in what ways are you now beginning to interpret and implement the SDGs in your work?
Do you feel the SDGs provide a useful framework to tackle ‘sustainable development’ globally? What are the opportunities and limitations of the SDGs?
Participants discussed the opportunities and challenges presented by Agenda 2030 and discussed current research gaps in the area. As part of the network’s agenda, conferences will be held in these Ethiopia and India over the course of the next eighteen months, with opportunities for country specific consultations to take place. The Network also intends to publish an edited volume and launch a policy paper in the UK Houses of Parliament within the next year and a half.
Announcing a new religion and sustainable development network – funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK – which involves academics and faith-based development actors. The network aims to enhance international exchange about the role of religions in defining, implementing, and safeguarding ‘sustainable development’, as codified in the UN ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs).
Religion is a major cultural, social, political, and economic factor in many ODA recipient countries, which is why understanding the local religious dynamics and the role of faith actors is crucial for sustainable development. While development practice and development studies had essentially subscribed to a modernist, secular paradigm of social change for much of the 20th century, this has begun to change. Greater portions of development aid are now channelled via so-called faith-based initiatives or organisations, and religion is increasingly recognised as a human resource rather than just an obstacle to development. Many religious groups have also been involved perceptibly in development policy, by adopting and heralding the Millennium Development Goals and through consultations in the drafting of the new SDGs.
Convened by the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations and the UN Interagency Task Force on Religion and Development (Chaired by UNFPA) in partnership with the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities.
HE Ambassador David Donoghue, Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations, and Dr Azza Karam, UN Interagency Task Force on Religion and Development will be co-moderating.
Jean Duff will be representing JLI on a panel addressing faith-based partnerships to support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The panel will also include JLI Board Member Anwar Khan, Islamic Relief USA.
This year’s Annual Consultations with NGOs focused on continued development of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework. The CRRF calls for greater support to refugees and the countries that host them by involving multiple agencies and partners working in a joined up way to facilitate acceptance, protection, integration and where possible and appropriate resettlement or return.
Various speeches and discussions referenced the role of faith leaders and communities as agents to enable refugees to become included in society and build new lives as well as receiving acceptance by host communities. However questions still remain as to how this would be facilitated or case studies of where it had been utilized in practice in the Global South.
JLI Member Atallah Fitzgibbon, Islamic Relief Worldwide & a representative from WCC spoke alongside social media spokespeople at a side event on xenophobia about the role of faith leaders in providing leadership in tackling xenophobia. Yasmina Filali from the Orient-Occident Foundation in Morocco also talked about the role of cultural encounters as a way of breaking down barriers and prejudice.