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The Latest from the Network
It has been a busy month, and below you will find updates from faculty affiliates working around the globe from Uganda to Sri Lanka, the Democratic Republic of Congo to Palestine. The topics range from using comics in social work pedagogy to using new technologies as a research method for investigating gender-based violence. In this edition of newsletter, we are excited to highlight INSPIRE: Seven Strategies For Ending Violence Against Children. The INSPIRE package lays out a seven-part strategy to reduce violence against children; the CPC Learning Network serves as the civil society co-lead with the World Health Organization of ...Read More
As humanitarian crises continue to disrupt lives around the world, we are featuring advances in learning about education in emergency-affected settings in this month's newsletter. CPC faculty affiliates in the Program on Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, including founding director Dr. Neil Boothby, are working on key projects including the creation of a guidance note on psychosocial support with the International Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) as well as launching an important mixed methods study with Syrian refugees in Jordan. In addition to several new publications, calls for conference papers, and job opportunities, ...Read More
March 22, 2017 Webinar: Initiative on Child Rights in the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact on safe, orderly, and regular Migration
At last September’s high-level Summit for Refugees and Migrants, the UN General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which sets an ambitious agenda around protecting and sharing responsibility for refugees and migrants on a global scale. Over the next 18 months, the international community will be called upon to translate these commitments into practice by developing the Global Compact on Refugees and the Compact on Global and on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. For this reason, a number of agencies have come together to lead the Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts. This initiative ...Read More
Adolescent girls are particularly vulnerable to gender-based violence, unintended pregnancy, and HIV. Principle Investigator for the Population Council, Dr. Karen Austrian, and Senior Associate, Dr. Paul Hewett, will host a webinar on their reflections of the Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program (AGEP) implemented to address these vulnerabilities on Wednesday, April 5, at 10am EDT. AGEP is a six-year randomized controlled trial that set out to measure the effect of a social, health, and economic assets program on the health and education outcomes of vulnerable adolescent girls in rural and urban sites across Zambia. The presenters will share an overview of the program and research initiative, ...Read More
The effect of gender norms on the association between violence and hope among girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Girls at early stages of adolescence are vulnerable to violence victimization in humanitarian contexts, but few studies examine factors that affect girls’ hope in these settings. We assessed attitudes toward traditional gender norms as an effect modifier of the relationship between violence exposure and future orientation in displaced girls. Findings support the utility of gender norms-transformative programming in increasing resilience of girls who have experienced sexual violence in humanitarian contexts.
Implementation of ACASI among adolescent girls in humanitarian settings: feasibility, acceptability, and lessons learned
Audio-Computer Assisted Self- Interview (ACASI) is a method of data collection in which participants listen to pre-recorded questions through headphones and respond to questions by selecting their answers on a touch screen or keypad, and is seen as advantageous for gathering data on sensitive topics such as experiences of violence. This paper seeks to explore the feasibility and acceptability of using ACASI with adolescent girls and to document the implementation of such an approach in two humanitarian settings: conflict-affected communities in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and refugee camps along the Sudan-Ethiopia border.