Newsletter | November 2017
Dear CPC friends and colleagues: 
With just one month left in the year, we are pleased to share this content-packed newsletter with you.  The most urgent item is a webinar that we will co-host tomorrow (!) with the World Health Organization for the INSPIRE Working Group of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.  Presenting the basic framework and evidence base for preventing and reducing violence against children in INSPIRE: Seven Strategies for Ending Violence against Children, the webinar will taking place this Friday, December 1, 2017 at 9 am EST. Find more details below; you can register for the webinar here
There are many other reports and announcements below. Among the many resources that we are sharing, one that I am especially excited to highlight is Chios Voices, a creative platform launched in February 2017 to provide a multi-lingual, multi-format platform for children and teenagers from the refugee populations on Chios, Greece to share their stories with each other and with a global audience. As always, please feel free to be in touch with ideas, resources, or learning to share. 
Mark Canavera, Associate Director
Upcoming Webinar
INSPIRE: Seven Strategies for Ending Violence against Children  
INSPIRE is a resource to help countries and communities intensify their focus on violence prevention programmes and services to ensure that their interventions are evidence-based. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the CPC Learning Network are co-organizing an upcoming webinar for the INSPIRE Working Group of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. The aim of the webinar is to present the INSPIRE document and to present a summary of key evidence for each of the seven areas. The seven strategies are: Implementation and enforcement of laws; Norms and values; Safe environments; Parent and caregiver support; Income and economic strengthening; Response and support services; and Education and life skills. The INSPIRE book collates the existing evidence based for each of these strategy areas.  Please note that this is a preliminary webinar to introduce INSPIRE; additional webinars will be held later will focus on the development of operational guidance for rolling out INSPIRE. (This webinar is not to be confused with another one taking place on 14 December, which is about the INSPIRE Handbook, an operational tool currently being developed.)  The INSPIRE webinar will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 9 AM EST.
Register for the webinar here.   
Publications and media appearances from CPC Learning Network faculty affiliates
Commentary: When violence becomes endemic
In recent decades, there has been widespread appreciation of the global transition from death profiles dominated by infectious diseases to profiles dominated by non-infectioius pathologies. What is less appreciated and made exceptionally clear is how violence, and the associated compromised medical and social function, affects many different morbidities. In a recent commentary in the International Journal of Public Health, CPC faculty affiliate Les Roberts points out that violence has become the number one cause of deaths for boys and girls ages 10 to 14 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and that violence was not in the top ten causes of death for these groups 15 years earlier. The commentary also demonstrates that assaults on health have increased tremendously and argues that only sustained and vocal intolerance of such acts on the part of the health community that results in public shaming and legal convictions can curb this new endemicity of violence. 
Read the article here, or contact Dr. Roberts here.
Predictors of Interpersonal Violence in the Household in Humanitarian Settings: A Systematic Review
Interpersonal violence against women and children has increasingly been recognized as a public health priority in humanitarian emergencies. However, because the household is generally considered a private sphere, violence between family members remains largely overlooked as a locus of intervention for violence prevention in humanitarian settings. In the journal Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, senior research associate Beth Rubenstein, CPC Learning Network director Lindsay Stark, and colleagues recently published a systematic literature review to identify predictors of household violence in humanitarian emergencies. The household framework drew attention to several factors that were associated with violence against both women and children, including conflict exposure, alcohol and drug use, income/economic status, mental health/coping strategies, and limited social support. The article argues for the need for longitudinal research and experimental designs that can better establish temporality between exposures and household violence outcomes, control for confounding, and inform practice. In the interim, it is suggested that programmers and policy makers should try to leverage the predictors identified by this review for integrated violence prevention and response strategies with the important caveat that ongoing evaluation of such strategies is needed. 
Read the article here, or contact Dr. Stark here
Effective practices and approaches to strengthen the global social service workforce: Results from a Delphi Process
A Delphi review by faculty affiliate Bree Akesson and CPC associate director Mark Canavera sought to identify ways that the social service workforce can be strengthened around the globe. This work was undertaken on behalf of the Building the Evidence Interest Group of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance. The data identified a broad array of challenges to the creation of universally applicable practices aimed at workforce strengthening. Throughout the data, the concept of contextualization arose repeatedly, highlighting the importance of including endogenous knowledge in practice. Contextualization carries challenges to the universality of social service workforce practice. Future research may be able to further unpack how to balance local needs with global social service work values.  Between global standards for social service workforce provision—as well as education and training for the workforce—and endogenous worldviews, knowledge, and agency seems to lie a tension that will not easily be addressed moving forward.  It is important that future research on this topic consider voices from low- and middle-income countries and continue to add to the evidence base on this topic. 
Read the article here, or contact Dr. Akesson here.
What parents can do to help keep their children safe from assault 
Over the past 25 years, the overall rate of reported cases of sexual abuse of children in the United States has actually declined by 65 percent. CPC faculty affiliate David Finkelhor was interviewed for a recent article in the New York Times about this trend. He attributes this decline to several factors, not the least of which are a growing awareness of the problem and an increase in education and training surrounding the identification and prevention of sexual assault. Dr. Finkelhor also added that it's necessary to talk with young people not only about the possibility of becoming victims but also about becoming offenders because population surveys have found that about half of sexual abuse offenders are juveniles.The article went on to provide ways in which parents can do to keep their children as safe as possible: teach body awareness early, help kids listen to their intuition and to act on it, and so on. 
Read the article here, or contact Dr. Finkelhor here.
CPC Network Annoucements

Welcome, Mona!
We would like to welcome a member to our Secretariat team, Mona Mazraani. Mona is a second-year MPH student in the Department of Population and Family Health, pursuing a certificate in Child, Youth, and Family Health. Read her bio here

Welcome, Anna!
We would like to welcome a member to our Secretariat team, Anna Hoover. Anna is a second-year MPH student in the Department of Population and Family Health, pursuing a certificate in Public Health and Humanitarian Assistance. Read her bio here
Other Resources
A Familiar Face: Violence in the lives of children and adolescents
Staggering numbers of children - beginning in infancy - are experiencing violence, often perpetrated by those entrusted to take care of them, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said in a recent report. The report presents the most current data on specific forms of violence: violent discipline and exposure to domestic abuse during early childhood; violent deaths among adolescents; and sexual violence in childhood and adolescence. Suggested strategies to reduce this violence include supporting government efforts to improve services for children affected by violence, developing policies and legislation that protect children, and helping communities, parents, and children to prevent violence through practical programs like parenting courses and actions against domestic violence. To end violence against children, UNICEF is calling for governments to take urgent action and support the INSPIRE guidance which has been agreed and promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children
Read the report here
Addressing Threats to Girls' Education in Contexts affected by Armed Conflict 
The United Nations Girls' Education Initiative recently published a policy note which contends that greater investment in girls' education in conflict-affected contexts is urgently required as a critical component of achieving SDGs 4, 5, and 16. At-scale programs, research, and multi-sectoral collaboration must be strengthened to ensure all of the world's girls are achieving and learning, that gender equality goals are achieved, and that these efforts contribute to building sustainable peace.
Read the policy note here
U-Report: Voice Matters Project
U-Report, developed by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), is a mobile-based communication platform that lets young people, called U-Reporters, share their ideas and opinions on social issues affecting their communities through SMS-based polls and social media. U-Report is envisioned as an innovative participatory tool to: encourage youth participation in development and social change; increase democratic accountability; and connect citizens, governments, and development agencies to work together to build inclusive and responsive societies. Once a U-Reporter has followed @UReportGlobal on Twitter, polls and alerts are sent via Direct Message, and real-time responses are collected and mapped on this site. Results and ideas are shared back with the community. Issues polled include health, education, water, sanitation and hygiene, youth unemployment, HIV/AIDS, disease outbreaks, and anything else young people want to discuss.  
Join the conversation here.
Violence Info: A global knowledge platform for preventing violence
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently launched the Violence Prevention Information System (Violence Info), an online interactive collection of scientific information about the prevalence, consequences, risk factors, and preventability of interpersonal violence. The information is extracted from published scientific studies using a systematic review process. It covers child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner violence, elder abuse, and sexual violence. It also contains global, regional, and national homicide rates from WHO Global Health Estimates (GHE) as well as country-specific information on laws, policies, strategies, and victim services to prevent and respond to violence. Violence Info will be periodically updated on an ongoing basis as new scientific studies become available. The launch version is a "beta" edition and will remain so for the coming months to allow for trouble-shooting and while additional evidence is entered. 
Access Violence Info here.
Churches Commitments to Children: Churches uniting for children in the pilgrimage of justice and peace
World Council of Churches (WCC) launched an online platform supporting churches and partners to address the needs of children as an integral part of the ecumenical commitment to the pilgrimage of justice and peace through "Churches' Commitments to Children." The online platform builds on the enthusiastic response of interested churches' participation and was designed with support from UNICEF to facilitate networking and collaboration. It portrays and links the expertise and needs of churches and partners involved in efforts to improve children's lives. Churches or organizations who would like to share expertise or to access support are invited to complete WCC's survey
For more information, read here.
Center for Migration and Refugee Studies Database
The Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) at the American University in Cairo announced the launch of a database for migration and refugee research material - especially, but not exclusively - on the Middle East Region. This database aims to facilitate research by bringing together legal authorities (international treaties, regional agreements, and national legislation), analytical sources and academic publications and statistical figures in one location to be accessed by researchers with interest in this field of study. The database is divided into different topics and organized by country for ease of reference. The different topics are: legal instruments, statistic and figures, and analytical sources. The database also provides a detailed directory of organizations around the world that may be of interest to researchers of migration and refugee-related issues. 
Access the database here.
Chios Voices: The Student Creative Platform for Refugees on Chios
Launched in February 2017, Chios Voices is a creative platform for children and teenagers from the refugee populations on Chios, Greece. Chios Voices invites contributions of art, poetry, music, writing and video, offering a unique and critical perspective on the state of affairs on Chios. The website strives to offer an alternative form of journalism while promoting ethical and consistent coverage of the unfolding refugee crisis. 
Check out the incredible stories here.
Opportunities to Learn and Share
Researching Gender-based Violence: Methods and Meaning
A new short course intended for individuals who will conduct or commission research on gender-based violence is available through the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). This course aims to strengthen participants' knowledge and skills to conduct or commission technically rigorous, ethical, and policy- and service-relevant research on various forms of violence against women, children, and adolescents. It will be of particular interest to those who want to add a "violence component" to a study that is quantitative or qualitative or an intervention evaluation. The course will be taught through a series of interactive lectures, practical exercises, group work, and assigned reading. The course dates are February 12-16, 2018. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the course is filled. 
Find out more and apply here.  
The Refugees in Towns (RIT) Project  
Tufts University's Refugees in Towns Project (RIT) supports towns and urban neighborhoods in becoming immigrant- and refugee-friendly spaces that take full advantage of the benefits brought by refugees while finding ways to manage the inevitable and long-term challenges of immigrant integration. RIT is looking for localized researchers including refugees, aid workers, academics, and community members to contribute commissioned case studies of their experiences. Researchers should have a personal history, social presence, and contextual knowledge of a town or urban neighborhood that hosts forced migrants. RIT encourages anyone interested to submit their ideas. 
Read more here
Submit your idea here.  
IMC - Managing GBV in Emergencies In-Person Training 2018
International Medical Corps (IMC) is currently accepting applications from emerging GBV specialists for the 2018 seven-day, in-person training titled "Managing Gender-Based Violence Programs in Emergencies (MGBViE) Training Course" scheduled for February 2018. The training is part of the MGBViE global learning program that aims to increase the number of GBV specialists in complex emergencies and is funded through the U.S. Department of State, Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration. Training participants will learn to develop and lead programs that are appropriate to context, timeframes, and organizational capacity, as well as responsive to gender differences. The application deadline is December 1, 2017
For more information and/or to submit applications, please contact IMC's Jackie Aitken here
Call for Papers - Edited Volume on Young Arab Women Beyond Boundaries and Borders
The Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World at the Lebanese American University is issuing a call for papers focused on feminist movements for gender equality and women's rights across the region. The call is targeting young Arab women as the main contributors in an attempt to highlight the voices and stories of those actively participating in these movements. Papers will be included in an edited volume to be printed in late 2018. Deadline for expressing interest is December 10, 2017
More information available here.  
Online Certificate Course on Gender Mainstreaming
A new online course is now available through Human Rights & Justice Group International (Justice Group). Gender mainstreaming is a strategy to achieve gender equality. The course covers practical strategies and skills for mainstreaming gender, including: the use of gender in planning; how to address gender issues in logical frameworks; and developing gender policies. Critical analysis of current theory and practice is encouraged throughout the course. The course will be held from December 13, 2017 to January 17, 2018. Deadline for applications is December 9, 2017
Read more and apply here.
Webinar: A Data-Driven Approach to Improving Outcomes for Black Girls in Child Welfare
The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute and partners the Center for the Study of Social Policy and the Children's Bureau will present their third session in the six-part webinar series, Dismantling Racial Inequity Through Child Welfare Systems Change. This webinar provides an overview of the data collection efforts of Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) Department of Human Services, which led to the development of an extensive data warehouse. Content will highlight how data has been used to inform child welfare practice-finding the bright spots of success as well as gaps in service. Presenters include Kathi Elliot, Executive Director of Gwen's Girls, and Angela Y. Steele, Diversity and Inclusion Officer of Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth, and Family Services. The webinar will highlight how data collection and analysis can help organizations make informed policy and practice decisions which will ultimately improve outcomes for children, youth, and families. The webinar will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 3 PM EST
Register for the webinar here.
Survey: State of the Humanitarian System Report 2018
Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance (ALNAP) is conducting the State of the Humanitarian System Report (SOHS), an independent study that will compile the latest statistics on the size, shape, and scope of the humanitarian system and assesses overall performance and progress. Published every three years, it provides a unique sector-level mapping and assessment of international humanitarian assistance. ALNAP is currently conducting its usual survey of international and national humanitarian practitioners, including host governments, which closes today, November 30, 2017. The more responses ALNAP gets from humanitarians on the ground and host governments, the more accurate the survey will be.  The survey is expected to take participants 10 minutes to complete.
Take the survey here and share (quickly!). 
Director of Strategy and Operations 
The Prevention Collaborative, a mission-driven network designed to expand and improve violence against women programming in the Global South, is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Director of Strategy and Operations. The position may be based anywhere and will start as a consultancy for up to one year with the possibility of conversion to a full-time staff position at the end of the contract. The recruitment for this position will be open until the position is filled. 
Learn more about the position and apply here.  
PhD Studentship - Pathways to Child Labor: Exploring the Influence of Violence on Hazardous Child Labor and Child Economic Migration
The Medical Research Council London Intercollegiate Doctoral Training Partnership (MRC LID), a partnership between St. George's University of London and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is open and now accepting applications for 2018-2019. The PhD project, Pathways to Child Labor: exploring the influence of violence on hazardous child labor and child economic migration, is seeking a PhD student to assist with exploring links between violence, labor and economic migration using data from two time points in early and mid- adolescence. The deadline for applications is January 14, 2018
Learn more about the studentship and apply here.  
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