HIV, Trump and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

28 October 2016
Annie Holmes

What do these three have in common?

Yes, these three items all provoke discussion about violence against women and girls (VAWG). It’s not just in popular culture and election campaigns that we hear a rising chorus of critique; the field of public health now recognises VAWG as a health risk in general and a factor in HIV vulnerability in particular.

In time for the international 16 Days of Activism, STRIVE presents the latest overview of the evidence on HIV and VAWG. A summary of the analysis and discussion from a high-level consultation convened by STRIVE, the Greentree II Report draws together:

  • the existing evidence base on the association between VAWG and HIV
  • analysis from a wide range of disciplines, from physiology to epidemiology to psychology and other social sciences to programme design and evaluation
  • a conceptual model that captures the potential pathways through which violence influences HIV-related outcomes
  • a research agenda to resolve outstanding questions 
  • priority actions for policy, programmes and research

You are invited to presentations by co-author Dr Lori Heise to launch and discuss the report and its – sometimes surprising – conclusions.


25 November, 5 to 7:30 pm GMT

Lori Heise: “How does VAW affect HIV risk? New evidence on pathways”

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the first in the 16 Days series for 2016, organised by the Gender, Violence and Health Centre (GVHC)


29 November, 10 am GMT AND 5 pm GMT

Lori Heise: “What do we (really) know about VAW and HIV risk?”

Free virtual webinars in STRIVE’s Learning Lab series. Find out more and register.


The burning question: What can be done to reduce VAWG? Two (short) STRIVE films introduce interventions evaluated through randomised controlled controls:

SASA! - mobilising communities to prevent violence against women and HIV in Kampala, Uganda

Maisha - microfinance and gender training to reduce violence against women in Mwanza, Tanzania