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NETWORKS FOR CHANGE AND WELL-BEING

Girl-led ‘from the ground up’ policy making to address sexual violence in Canada and South Africa is a six year, $2.4 million (CAD) research initiative funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC) as part of their International Partnerships for Sustainable Societies (IPaSS) initiative. The project officially started on August 1, 2014.

This project involves collaborators and partners from universities and community organizations across Canada and South Africa. The Co-Principal Investigators of the partnership are Dr. Claudia Mitchell from the Faculty of Education at McGill University and Dr. Relebohile Moletsane from the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Project description

The project focuses on learning from the contexts in which communities of girls and young women are subject to exceptionally high rates of sexual violence. In the Canadian context this refers to self-identified young Indigenous girls/women, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, status or non-status, beneficiary or non-beneficiary, and includes Indigenous girls and young women who identify as Trans, Two Spirit, or gender non-conforming. In the South African context, we will be working with girls and young women of a range of sexualities who belong to two of the official government designated groups, Black and Coloured (mixed race), and who live in rural areas.

People

Networks for Change and Wellbeing works across a number of sites in South Africa and Canada, involving co-investigators, collaborators, partner organizations and research students, as well as Working Group and Steering Committee members. The project is coordinated jointly by teams in Canada and South Africa at McGill University and the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Principal Investigators

The Co-Principal Investigators of the partnership are Dr. Claudia Mitchell from the Faculty of Education at McGill University and Dr. Relebohile Moletsane from the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Co-Investigators

The team builds on longstanding collaborations between and amongst researchers, community practitioners and policy-makers.

Contributing Partners

This partnership project is comprised of many university and community organizations across Canada and South Africa.

Stakeholders

This brings together government and community-based girl-focused organizations, and post-secondary institutions in Canada and South Africa.

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