The Uncommon Man

June 16, 2008

International Conference on Gender-based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health

15-18 February 2009
Mumbai, India

Sponsored by:
National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (Indian Council of Medical Research); UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/Word Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction; and Indian Society for the Study of Reproduction and Fertility

For more information:

Submission of Abstracts
The final date to receive abstracts is 15 October 2008.

Conference Goals
This conference aims to expand what is known about the magnitude of gender-based violence and its impact on the health of the individual and the society, to fill gaps in our understanding of factors underlying the experience of violence and consequences of violence for women's, families' and nations' well-being and programmatic responses intended to eliminate sexual violence. More specifically the objectives of organizing this conference are to: (i) review the magnitude and determinants of GBV; (ii) explore the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) consequences of GBV; (iii) share experiences of programmes and interventions for the prevention of GBV, their impact on SRH and gaps and challenges that remain; (iv) review relevant policies, programmes and their implementation; and (v) suggest recommendations on programme strategies and policies to address GBV and SRH.

The scientific programme will include a keynote address, plenary lectures and symposia sessions, panel discussions, and poster presentations. The programme will be broad based and will address the key areas outlined below. Sessions will be multi-disciplinary, including findings derived from operational, psycho-social and behavioural research and programmes related to gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health.

Provisional Topics
- Various forms and determinants of GBV
- Linkages between GBV and SRH
- Gender power imbalances, violence and SRH
- GBV, sexuality and SRH
- GBV and reproductive health (Unwanted pregnancy, RTI/STI, HIV higher fertility, shorter birth spacing, contraception)
- Men as perpetrators and victims of GBV
- Men as partners in prevention of GBV and promoting SRH care
- SRH implications of GBV in conflict situations
- Vulnerability to GBV (trafficked women, female sex workers, intravenous drug users, pregnant women, migrants, HIV positive individuals, ethnic minorities, physically and mentally challenged)
- Youth and gender based violence
- Women survivors of violence and their SRH needs and rights
- Socio-psychological dimension of GBV in SRH Care
- Managing SRH consequences of GBV
- Challenges of addressing GBV within SRH programmes
- Best practices in addressing GBV within SRH clinic settings
- Community based programmes in addressing GBV
- Role of health systems and health workers in addressing GBV
- Counseling approaches
- Evaluating GBV and SRH programmes
- Law enforcement and GBV
- Laws, policies on GBV in different sectors
- Ethical issues in research and programmes on GBV and SRH
- Estimating economic costs of GBV
- Methodological issues in research on GBV and SRH

The conference will be held at the InterContinental The Grand Mumbai, Sahar Airport Road, Andheri East, Mumbai 400059.
Phone: (+91 22) 66683240; Fax: (+91 22) 6668 3278.; Contact person: Ms Radhika De

Accommodation can be arranged in various categories of hotels of international standards and at other places to suit your budget. In the event you need any assistance for booking accommodation, please let us know. Special conference rates have been negotiated with various hotels including "InterContinental The Grand Mumbai".

The content posted in this message reflects the views of the original author/s and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Population Reference Bureau nor its sponsors.

Please visit the Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) web site at

Posted by Malcolm Chu at June 16, 2008 11:10 AM


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