Call for Papers

Sexual Gender Based Violence and Harmful Practices and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights Symposia Series
7 May- 11 June 2021


The Child Rights Research Centre of Africa University, supported by UNICEF, Zimbabwe and the Spotlight Initiative, invites abstract submissions and attendance registration for the Sexual Gender-Based Violence and Harmful Practices and Sexual Reproductive Rights Symposia Series. The SGBV/HP and SRHRs Symposia Series will be held on a weekly basis from 7 May to 11 June 2021. Read More

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Objectives and scope (100 words)

The objectives of this Symposium are to deliberate on the knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding the various conceptualizations of SGBV/HP and SRH. Further, the symposium explores and analyses the key socio-demographic characteristics that are associated with SGBV/HP and SRH in Zimbabwe.

Symposium 1 will address issues relating to the following: (50-70 words)

  • The scope and specific types of SGBV/HP and SRH
  • Statistical disaggregated data
  • Factors that influence such SGBV/HP
  • Typology of SGBV Victims
  • Socio-demographic characteristics of victims and perpetrators of SGBV/HP

Objectives and scope (100 words)

The objectives of this Symposium are to deliberate on the social, religious, cultural, political and economic determinants of SGBV/HP and community perceptions of SRHRs. The Symposium will unpack how socio-cultural, socio-economic, socio-political and religious structures give effect to physical, sexual, emotional, economic, and psychological violence based on gender. It is important to deliberate on how these structures inform community responses to SRHRs throughout the life cycle. The enactment of femininities and masculinities in the context of specific gender orders/structures and their relationship with SGBV/HP will receive attention.

Symposium 2 will address issues relating to the following: (50-70 words)

  • Gender and sex as key categories of identity
  • Determinants of SGBV/HP at all levels (individual, family, community)
  • Cultural, political, religious, economic structures and the making of SGBV/HP
  • Perpetrators, victims and survivors of various forms of SGBV/HP
  • Femininities, masculinities and the production of SGBV/HP
  • Consequences of SGBV/HP and effect on SRH throughout the lifecycle
  • Dynamics of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and why people do not leave a violent partner
  • Community responses SGBV/HP
  • Community perceptions and responses to SRHRs through the life cycle
  • Socio-cultural, socio-political, socio-economic and religious bases for SRHRs

Objectives and scope (100 words)

The increasing reach of the internet, the rapid spread of mobile information, and the widespread use of social media, has led to the emergence of sexual gender based cyber violence as a growing global problem with potentially significant economic and societal consequences. The objectives of this Symposium are to deliberate on the digitization of SGBV and how cyberspace may be used to promote SRHRs.

Symposium 3 will address issues relating to the following: (50-70 words)

  • Interpretation of technology-facilitated SGBV
  • Identification and analysis of risk factors and risk assessment procedures, to prevent harm and re-victimisation
  • Assessment of the severity of harm experienced by victims of forms of cyber SGBV/HP
  • Strategies of response to SGBV
  • The use of digital platforms in promoting SRHRs

Objectives and scope (100 words)

All forms of violence against women and girls and harmful practices remain pervasive human rights violations. These violations are in contravention of the gender equality and women’s rights provisions enshrined in various domestic, regional and global human rights instruments ratified and endorsed by many countries. The objectives of this Symposium are to deliberate on the incorporation of international commitments into domestic laws and policies and the efficacy of the national legal and policy frameworks on SGBV/HP and SRHR

Symposium 4 will address issues relating to the following: (50-70 words)

  • Legal and policy responses to SGBV/HP and SRHRs
  • Judicial approaches to SGBV/HP and interpretation of SRHRlegal gaps in the implementation of laws on
  • Inter-country policing of SGBV-HP
  • Comparative practices in police and justice responses to SGBV/HP

Objectives and scope (100 words)

The objectives of this Symposium are to deliberate on evidence-based implementation and institutional framework for the eradication of SGBV/HP and promotion of SRHRs. The symposium will examine the implementation provisions in subnational, national and international standards including SDGs relevant to the symposium theme. The symposium seeks to understand and use the indicators for measurement and assessment of progress towards eradicating SGBV/HP/SRHR in the preparation and implementation of national and subnational plans.

Symposium 5 will address issues relating to the following: (50-70 words)

  • Mainstreaming of responses to SGBV/HP/SRHR.
  • SGBV/HP/SRHR and the preparation and implementation of national level policy instruments.
  • Budgeting
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Institutional hindrances and opportunities


The symposia will follow a webinar format and provide a platform for serious interrogation of how to address SGBV/HP and ensure the provision of SRHRs. Accepted symposia submissions will be reformulated into publishable material.

The SGBV/HP and SRHRs Symposia Series will conclude with a multi-sectoral roundtable webinar for key stakeholders to engage on the latest interventions in addressing SGBV/HP and the provision of SRHRs.

Expected Outcomes

This webinar will provide government departments with an opportunity to connect with and empower relevant stakeholders that work to serve a common purpose with government in addressing SGBV-HP and the provision of SRHRs. It is hoped that by the end of the round table discussions, there will be clarity on the current areas of progress by government, and other players, the gaps and challenges, and recommendations for action which strengthen and advance effective partnership initiatives between all relevant stakeholders.

Registration and Abstract Submission Procedures

An applicant may submit a maximum of one abstract. If the abstract submission is successful, applicants will get an email containing confirmation and an abstract ID from the conference content committee.

Abstracts Submissions

The submitted abstract should consist of 800 – 1300 words including key words. The abstract must contain the following:

  1. Research objective(s),
  2. Literature review
  3. Methodology
  4. Findings and analysis

The author’s brief biography should not be longer than 300 words. For registration, please send your registration form to the following email address: Submit your abstract along with the author biography to this Link

After the selection process of abstracts, successful authors will be notified and invited to submit a full paper and ppt presentation or a pdf poster.

Posters Submissions

Those preferring to submit poster text should not exceed a maximum of 350 words containing the research background, methodology and main findings. The author must submit 5 photos, including captions illustrating the content of the poster. It must be submitted on a maximum of 2 pages in PDF format. Selected Papers for Conference Presentation The decision made by the selection committee is indisputable. Each paper must be based on sound analysis of empirical evidence/research findings and include policy recommendations. Submit your poster text to this Link

Selection Criteria
  • Completeness of the abstract: Suitability of content with the selected theme, understanding of the issues, accuracy of the theory of the study, completeness, policy recommendations and sharpness of analysis;
  • Appropriateness of research methodology: Use of reliable quantitative and qualitative data, analytical strength/depth.
  • Contribution to the policy making process: Recommendation for executive and legislative branches, possibly of policy impact, workability of policy recommendations, applicability of evidence based advocacy and contribution to more evidence based policy.
  • Writing system: Comprehensiveness and completeness of reference.

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