A research project led by Dr. Anita Shankar, an adjunct professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s department of environmental health and engineering, last month received an award from the World Health Bank Project and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) for a project assessing the long-term impacts in humanitarian settings in Rwanda. It was one of 11 projects honored.
Dr. Shankar’s project, “Assessing the long-term impacts of an empowerment training on gender based violence and household energy use in humanitarian settings in Rwanda,” will examine how efficient and clean cooking technology can impact gender-based violence in a refugee camp setting.
Globally, there are more than 65 million individuals living in humanitarian settings, forcibly displaced due to violence, conflict or natural disasters (UNHCR, 2017). In these settings, women and girls are at high risk of experiencing both non-partner and partner gender-based violence (GBV) as basic aspects of daily living. Normal tasks related to cooking can become a health hazard.
The awards, launched in 2016, honor gender-based-violence victims and survivors, and are held in memory of Ms. Hannah Graham, daughter of a longtime World Bank Group employee. An expert panel reviewed more than 250 proposals submitted to the World Bank Group and SVRI following an open call for innovations to prevent GBV in low- and middle-income countries. The winning teams will receive up to $100,000 each.