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Individual Partners

Beth Jackson, Ph.D.

Manager, Equity Analysis and Policy Research Social Determinants and Science Integration Directorate Public Health Agency of Canada
785 Carling Avenue
Postal Locator: 6809B
Ottawa, ON   K1A 0K9
(tel) 613-941-2058
(fax) 613-960-0921

Beth Jackson is the Manager of Equity Analysis and Policy Research, Social Determinants and Science Integration Directorate at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). She holds a Doctorate in Sociology from York University (Toronto) and completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship with the CHSRF/CIHR Chair in Health Services and Nursing Research (Dr. Pat Armstrong) in the Institute for Health Research at York University. Dr. Jackson’s interdisciplinary research bridges advanced theoretical inquiry, empirical social science research and applied policy activities, including translation of research activities into plain language formats. She has expertise in women’s health, LGBT health, feminist epistemologies, science and technology studies, and health policy. In 2007 she entered public service through the Recruitment of Policy Leaders Program. Her current work at PHAC addresses social determinants of health, health inequities, and the development of associated theoretical and methodological tools.

Rachel Jenkins

Director of WHO Collaborating CentreRachel Jenkins headshot
Professor of Epidemiology
and International Mental Health Policy
Institute of Psychiatry,
Kings College London, De Crespigny Park,
London, UK SE 5 8AF

Rachel Jenkins has been a member of World Health Organization’s (WHO) expert panel of advisors since 1995, has sat on more than 20 WHO expert committees on mental health, and has a variety of projects in low and middle income countries on mental health policy, implementation , training and epidemiology. She has been a consultant to the World Bank and the UK Department for International Development (for whom she has organised briefings and seminars on mental health) and a consultant to the African Development Bank. Professor Jenkins delivers keynote and invited lectures around the world. In the UK, she contributes to national policy via government committees and national groups. In 1992, she initiated and now continues to contribute to a series of epidemiological surveys, looking at the mental health of the general population, children, carers, prisoners, the homeless, looked-after children and people living in institutions.

Lil Tonmyr, Ph.D

Senior Research Advisor
Public Health Agency of Canada
785 Carling – Floor: 7 785 Carling Avenue
Mail Stop: 6807B
Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0K9
Telephone :  613-954-8670 Fax :  613-941-2633
E-mail :

Lil Tonmyr is a Senior Researcher with PHAC and Adjunct Research Professor at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Carleton University. Dr. Tonmyr has worked on the issue of violence in a number of settings including child welfare and women’s shelters. Within PHAC she has worked to develop and implement Canada’s national child maltreatment surveillance system and co-chairs an international committee on the development of child welfare information systems. She is involved in a variety of research projects in the areas of child maltreatment, substance abuse, deliberate self harm and other health issues. She also works with federal, provincial and territorial child welfare authorities to advance public policy in this area.

Organizational Partners

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Division of Violence Prevention

Lead: James Mercy –


The Division of Violence Prevention oversees prevention research, surveillance, and programs in youth violence, family and intimate partner violence, child abuse, sexual assault and suicide. The Division has three Branches and includes staff from multiple disciplines in psychology, behavioral science, medicine, and public health.

James A. Mercy is the Director of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. In this role, he provides leadership to innovative research and science-based programs to prevent violence and reduce its consequences. He began working at CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer over 30 years ago and was one of the first to examine violence as a public health problem. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Mercy oversaw global activities in DVP and implemented surveys on violence against children in developing countries as part of a global partnership called Together for Girls with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the World Health Organization (WHO), and others. As a researcher, Dr. Mercy has authored more than 200 publications that span the areas of child maltreatment, youth and intimate partner violence, homicide, suicide, and assault-related injuries. He also served as a co-editor of the World Report on Violence and Health prepared by WHO and on the Editorial Board of the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Study of Violence Against Children. Dr. Mercy received his master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology from Emory University. He is an adjunct associate professor of sociology at Emory University and at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, both in Atlanta.

Child Welfare League of Canada (CWLC)

Lead: Gordon Phaneuf –


CWLC is a national, membership-based organization dedicated to promoting the protection and well-being of vulnerable young people. We play a significant role in promoting best practices among those in the field of child welfare, child and youth mental health, child rights and youth justice.

Gordon Phaneuf is the Chief Executive Officer of CWLC and has had long affiliation with children’s issues, working in a variety of capacities, including child advocacy, front-line child protection, program and policy development, knowledge exchange, and the epidemiology of child maltreatment. For the last several years he has led the National Consultation Centre (NCC) at the CWLC which is recognized nationally as a leader in the design, development and delivery of child and family services. The NCC has undertaken a wide range of work in recent years including formal child welfare reviews, child protection training, developing a pilot for flexible response in Saskatchewan, executive skills development and database development.

Spearheading a national program of research and surveillance on child abuse, he established the Child Maltreatment Division within the Government of Canada. He has represented the Federal government at a number of international forums on child maltreatment. He has significant leadership experience in the public affairs and not-for-profit sectors and has an established track record of forging new cross-disciplinary and multi-sector initiatives on children’s issues. Serving as a technical advisor he has provided consultation services to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Republic of South Africa, the Government of Ethiopia, the World Health Organization and several Provincial and Territorial governments in Canada.

Public Health Agency of Canada, Family Violence Prevention Team, Centre for Health Promotion & Family Violence Initiative

Lead: Shannon Hurley –


The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) leads and coordinates the federal Family Violence Initiative (FVI), a collaboration of 15 departments, agencies and Crown corporations. On behalf of the Initiative, PHAC also manages the National Clearinghouse on Family Violence, Canada’s national resource centre for information about family violence. The FVI promotes public awareness of the risk factors of family violence and the need for public involvement in responding to it; strengthens the capacity of the criminal justice, housing and health systems to respond; and supports data collection, research and evaluation efforts to identify effective interventions.

The National Clearinghouse on Family Violence (NCFV) collects, develops and disseminates information on family violence prevention, protection and treatment across Canada. NCFV resources include: publications, such as overview papers, handbooks and service directories; a tri-annual e-bulletin profiling the work of partners, recent research and other activities; and a website featuring NCFV publications and links to a variety of other resources, including videos and online research reports, papers and toolkits on family violence.

Under the FVI, PHAC carries out research on the population health consequences of family violence, develops resources and promotes policies, programs and projects that contribute to family violence prevention. The Agency also represents the Government of Canada on the World Health Organization’s Violence Prevention Alliance, a public health oriented network of governments, NGOs and international agencies.

Indigenous Health Research Development Program


The Indigenous Health Research Development Program (IHRDP) is committed to a student-centered approach to community-based Aboriginal health research in Ontario. The IHRDP will assist with building a career structure for students in Aboriginal health research and will focus its resources on community-driven research projects that will identify health-related issues in First Nations communities.

Institute for Circumpolar Health Research

Leads: Susan Chatwood –


The Institute for Circumpolar Health Research grew out of the Arctic Health Research Network, founded in 2005 by Northern community members, doctors, academics, and scientists who believed that advancing the health and wellness of Northern people and communities as an important area of scientific inquiry and public policy. ICHR focuses on specifically on bringing people, facilities, and resources to bear on health-related research in the Northwest Territories, as well as on raising health and wellness issues throughout the region’s communities and the broader circumpolar world.

Susan Chatwood is the Executive and Scientific Director of the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of British Columbia and holds a Masters in Epidemiology from McGill University. Susan has an interest in building sustainable health research capacity in northern regions. She has spent most of her career in remote and northern communities, working in the clinical setting, public health and research. She sits on the board of directors for the Research Network of the Northwest FASD partnership and is a member of the FASD Network Action Team specific to FASD prevention. She is President of the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health and helped establish the Northern Cochrane Network Site, and currently serves as territorial Co-representative. Her current projects within ICHR include the development of research infrastructure within the Arctic Research Infrastructure Program and the establishment of a data center which will include a branch office of Statistics Canada Regional Data Center and Circumpolar Health Observatory. Other activities include projects related to the development of ethical guidelines in the Northwest Territories, knowledge synthesis and dissemination of evidence for northern populations, participatory projects with a focus on community wellness and the facilitation of a number of research projects and related activities in the Northwest Territories.

International Association for Women’s Mental Health

Leads: Anita Riecher-Rössler (President) and Marta B Rondon (President-Elect)


The International Association for Women’s Mental Health (IAWMH), is an international, individual membership, multi-specialty, nonprofit organization. Established in 2001 to improve the mental health of women throughout the world, the mission of the International Association for Women’s Mental Health is:

(1) to improve the mental health of women throughout the world;
(2) expand the fund of knowledge about Women’s Mental Health;
(3) to promote gender-sensitive and autonomy-enhancing mental health services for women; and
(4) to advance collaboration between Societies and Sections.

Anita Riecher-Rössler, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Head of the University Psychiatric Outpatient Department at the Psychiatric University Clinics in Basel, Switzerland. She is specialised in psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, as well as in consultation and liaison psychiatry and in gerontopsychiatry. In 1998, she was the first woman to be appointed to a full chair for psychiatry in a German speaking country. Her research interests are the field of schizophrenia and that of gender differences in mental disorders and mental disorders in women. Her work in the field of schizophrenia has mainly been on the onset and the early detection of these psychoses, but also on late onset schizophrenia. Furthermore she has worked on psychoneuroendocrinology in women with schizophrenic psychoses. A further focus is on mental disorders related to women’s reproductive functions, esp. during pregnancy, the postpartum and in menopause, and on psychosocial risk factors for mental disorders in women such as violence. Her approach is a bio-psycho-social one, i.e. she always tries to consider all these aspects in the pathogenesis as well as therapy of mentally ill persons.

Marta B Rondon is a Peruvian psychiatrist who was among the founders of IAWMH and is currently secretary of its Executive Committee; she was Deputy Dean of the Peruvian College of Physicians for the period 2008-2009 and was the first woman to be elected president of the Peruvian Psychiatric Association. She was chair of the Section of Women’s Mental Health of the World Psychiatric Association (2005-2008) and founded the Peruvian Association for Women’s Mental Health in 1997. She has done research on gender disparities, maternal mood disorder, gender based violence and the human rights of people with mental disabilities. She has published several articles in journals and book chapters. She co-edited Contemporary Topics in Women’s Mental Health. Currently Prof. Rondon teaches in the Mental Health Department of Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Perú and is working in the integration of mental health care in obstetric care, while pursuing a masters degree on Policies and Services for Mental Health at Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

ISPCAN International Data Collection Working Group; Child Protection Research Center and the American Humane Association’s Children’s Division

Lead: John Fluke –

American Humane Association’s Children’s Division

The mission of the Child Protection Research Center at the American Humane Association is to focus on long-standing questions tied to the improvement of public child protective services through applied research. Center research addresses fundamental issues in child protective services and the development of evidence-based policy and practices to effectively address them. Major topics include decision making, scaling up evidence based practices, and international child maltreatment surveillance. Founded in 1877, the American Humane Association is the only national organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals. A nonprofit membership organization, American Humane is headquartered in Denver. The Children’s Division of American Humane is a national leader in developing programs, policies, training, research and evaluation, and cutting-edge initiatives to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect. At the same time, we work to strengthen families and communities and enhance child protection systems at the state and county levels.

John Fluke is Associate Director of System Research and Evaluation at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He has over 34 years of experience in social service delivery system research in the area of Child Welfare and Mental Health Services for children. He is internationally recognized as a researcher specializing in assessing, analyzing, and teaching on decision making in human services delivery systems. He is also active in the area of national child maltreatment data collection systems and analysis and has worked with data collection programs in the Balkans, Canada, Saudi Arabia, the US, and for UNICEF. He has conducted research and evaluation at all levels of government, in the private not-for-profit sector, and with national foundations and associations. He is also known for his innovative and informative research and evaluation work in the areas of child maltreatment prevalence, child welfare administrative data analysis, workload and costing, and performance and outcome measurement for children and family services.

Dr. Fluke is status only Assistant Professor at the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, and Scholar in Residence at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. The author or co-author of numerous scholarly publications, Dr. Fluke has presented papers at both national and international meetings and conferences. He is co-chair of the Working Group on Child Maltreatment Data Collection for ISPCAN. He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Decision Science from Union Institute and Universities, an MA in Anthropology from the Pennsylvania State University, and a BA in Mathematical Anthropology from the University of Northern Colorado.

Justice Canada, Youth Justice & Strategic Initiatives, Youth Justice Policy

Lead: Paula Kingston –


The Youth Justice Policy Unit at the Department of Justice Canada works to ensure a fair, relevant and accessible system of justice for young people between the ages of 12 and 18. The Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) is federal legislation that establishes a youth justice system that is separate from that of adults and that:

  • emphasizes fair and proportionate accountability that is consistent with the greater dependency of young persons and their reduced level of maturity;
  • provides enhanced procedural protections to youth to ensure that they are treated fairly and that their rights are protected, emphasizes rehabilitation and reintegration of youth within a proportionality framework;
  • and reduces the number of young people needlessly brought into the justice system and into custody

Interventions must respect gender, ethnic, cultural and linguistic differences; and respond to young persons with special requirements and needs, such as those with mental health issues. Youth who are socially excluded or marginalized, such as the homeless, addicted, sexually exploited or those with mental health issues, are the focus of efforts to increase the use of measures outside the formal court system, and community-based or special sentences. Priority areas include gender, mental health and the intersection of the youth justice and mental health systems, particularly for those young people who commit violent offences.

Paula Kingston is Senior Legal Counsel, Youth Justice Policy, Department of Justice of Canada. Her responsibilities include provision of legal and policy advice in relation to youth justice, particularly in the area of youth custody and reintegration issues, and in relation to young people with mental health issues who come in conflict with the law for violent offences. She works collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders at the federal, provincial, and international levels. She has also been involved in youth justice projects in a large number of countries, including Bangladesh, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Ukraine and Brazil. Ms. Kingston is a Barrister & Solicitor and a Member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 1982. She holds an LL.M. from the University of London in London, England in international law as well as an LL.B and B.Sc.(Social Science) from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

PAHO/WHO–Violence and Injury Prevention, Sustainable Development and Environmental Health Area

Lead: Alessandra Guedes –


The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public health agency with more than 100 years of experience in working to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. It serves as the specialized organization for health of the Inter-American System. It also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization and enjoys international recognition as part of the United Nations system.

Alessandra Guedes is currently the Regional Advisor on Family Violence at the WHO Regional Office for the Americas / Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington, DC. She has worked in the public health field since 1994, always involved in cutting edge reproductive health issues, such as adolescent reproductive health, safe abortion, violence against women and emergency contraception. Since 1999, she has worked intensively in the area of violence against women, first as a Senior Program Officer at the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region (NY, EUA) and subsequently as a consultant for numerous organizations, including: USAID, UN Women, WHO, Path, Oxfam, Jhpiego, among others. She is particularly interested in the intersections between violence against women and violence against children.
Alessandra is the recipient of a British Chevening scholarship and holds an MSc in Public Health for Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an MA in Art Therapy from the George Washington University, where she received an academic merit scholarship.

She has participated in various professional groups and consortia, including: Post-Abortion Care Consortium (co-chair of Safe Motherhood Task Force), International Emergency Contraception Consortium and Latin American Consortium for Emergency Contraception (member of the Steering Committee) and was previously vice-president of the board of Promundo (a Brazilian NGO working with men and boys to promote gender equality). She currently serves as the co-chair of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative, which is a global research initiative that aims to promote good quality research in the area of sexual violence, particularly in low and middle income countries.

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Lead: Simon Davidson (Chair of PreVAiL Advisory Committee) –


The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 11 non-governmental directors, and 7 directors who are appointed by Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments, in addition to the Chair – the Honourable Michael Kirby – who was appointed by the Government of Canada.

The Board of Directors is advised by 8 Advisory Committees and each Advisory Committee Chair sits ex-officio on the Board.

The 8 Advisory Committees include:

  1. Child and Youth
  2. Mental Health and the Law
  3. First Nations, Inuit & Métis
  4. Seniors
  5. Science
  6. Service Systems
  7. Workplace
  8. Family Caregivers

The Priorities of the MHCC are:

  1. National Mental Health Strategy
  2. Anti-stigma Campaign
  3. Knowledge Exchange Centre
  4. Homelessness/Mental Health Research Projects
  5. Partners for Mental Health Volunteer Initiative

Funded Child and Youth Advisory Committee Initiatives include:

  1. National Mental Health Strategy including the Evergreen document and school-based mental health programs
  2. Anti-stigma, anti-discriminatin Campaign
  3. Knowledge Exchange Centre with a child and youth mental health component

Simon Davidson is a child, adolescent and family psychiatrist. At the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), he is the Medical Director of the Mental Health Patient Service Unit, the Regional Chief of the Specialized Psychiatric and Mental Health Services for Children and Youth (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)/Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (ROMHC)) as well as the Chief Strategic Planning Executive of The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO. At the University of Ottawa, he is Professor and Chair of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is the Chair of the Child and Youth Advisory Committee for the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Dr. Davidson is a passionate advocate for children and youth and ensuring appropriate mental health services for them. In this capacity he is active at all levels of government.

World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH)

Lead: Elena Berger –


WFMH is an international membership organization founded in 1948 to advance, among all peoples and nations, the prevention of mental and emotional disorders, the proper treatment and care of those with such disorders, and the promotion of mental health. Through its members and contacts in more than 100 countries it provides a network for grassroots advocacy and public education. Its organizational and individual membership includes mental health workers of all disciplines, consumers of mental health services, family members, and concerned citizens. The broad and diverse membership makes possible collaboration among governments and non-governmental organizations to advance the cause of mental health services, research, and policy advocacy worldwide. There are currently 89 voting member organizations and 84 affiliate organizations.

The WFMH envisions a world in which mental health is a priority for all people. Public policies and programs reflect the crucial importance of mental health in the lives of individuals.

The mission of the World Federation for Mental Health is to promote the advancement of mental health awareness, prevention of mental disorders, advocacy, and best-practice recovery-focused interventions worldwide.
WFMH’s goals are:

  • to heighten public awareness about the importance of mental health, and to gain understanding and improve attitudes about mental disorders
  • to promote mental health and prevent mental disorders
  • to improve the care, treatment and recovery of people with mental disorders

Elena Berger is Director for Programs and Government Relations at the World Federation for Mental Health. Previously she was the Federation’s Director for Mental Health Promotion and Prevention of Mental Disorders, working on a series of international conferences on promotion and prevention in which the Federation was a partner. She also edited the proceedings of two of the conferences. Currently she is participating in preparations for a conference in April 2015 in Lille, France, on the integration of mental health into primary care. The conference supports WHO’s Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan. Elena was born in Scotland, and has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Oxford University. Her doctorate in social studies and modern history is from Nuffield College, Oxford.

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Surveillance and Epidemiology

Lead: Lil Tonmyr – (also policy lead, PreVAiL theme 1)


PHAC’s primary goal is to strengthen Canada’s capacity to protect and improve the health of Canadians and to help reduce pressures on the health-care system. The goal of the Surveillance and Epidemiology Division is to provide excellence in surveillance and research on a national and international level on injury and maltreatment and maternal and infant health, so that our efforts, in partnership with others, significantly improve the health and well-being of Canadians.

The Division supports the efforts of all concerned with health in pregnancy and the health and well-being of infants, children and youth through a commitment to excellence in surveillance and research. The Family Violence Surveillance Section works to strengthen Canada’s public health surveillance and research in the areas of family violence especially child maltreatment. Our approach is to work with the partners and stakeholders and maintain an ongoing commitment to excellence in research and surveillance.

Lil Tonmyr is a Senior Researcher with PHAC and Adjunct Research Professor at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Carleton University. Dr. Tonmyr has worked on the issue of violence in a number of settings including child welfare and women’s shelters. Within PHAC she has worked to develop and implement Canada’s national child maltreatment surveillance system and co-chairs an international committee on the development of child welfare information systems. She is involved in a variety of research projects in the areas of child maltreatment, substance abuse, deliberate self harm and other health issues. She also works with federal, provincial and territorial child welfare authorities to advance public policy in this area.

Public Health Agency of Canada, Social Determinants and Science Integration Directorate

Lead: Beth Jackson –

The Public Health Agency of Canada’s Social Determinants and Science Integration Directorate (SDSID) has a mandate to advance policies and programs that contribute to improved health equity and the reduction of health inequalities. Key science-to-policy initiatives include developing a pan-Canadian report on health inequalities indicators, enhancing data infrastructure to support the measurement of discrimination as a determinant of health, and supporting the integration of health equity and determinants of health considerations, analysis, and evidence into the Agency’s policy priorities.

The Agency has identified the promotion of positive mental health, prevention of mental illness, and suicide prevention as a continued key priority in its Strategic Horizons 2013-2018 five-year strategic plan. In particular, the Agency is working to enhance public health capacity to address mental health and suicide by assessing and filling knowledge gaps in mental health promotion and supporting research and best practices in promoting positive mental health.

Beth Jackson, PhD, is Manager, Equity Analysis and Policy Research in the Directorate.

World Health Organization – Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability


Injuries constitute a major public health problem, killing more than 5 million people per year, and harming many millions more. Yet events which result in injury are not random or unpredictable. The causes of injuries can be studied and acted upon; injuries can be prevented. The World Health Organization’s Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability works to prevent injuries and violence, to mitigate their consequences, and to enhance the quality of life for persons with disabilities irrespective of the causes. It does so by:

  1. Raising awareness about the magnitude and consequences of injuries, violence and disability
  2. Analyzing and disseminating information
  3. Fostering multisectoral networks and partnerships, and
  4. Supporting national, regional and global efforts to:
    • improve data collection
    • develop science-based approaches to injury and violence prevention, control and rehabilitation
    • disseminate proven and promising interventions
    • improve services for persons with disabilities, as well as victims and survivors of injuries and violence, and their families
    • enhance teaching and training programmes
    • create multidisciplinary policies and action plans

World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

Lead: Claudia Garcia-Moreno –


WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical cooperation with countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

The Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) of the World Health Organization (WHO) aims to enable people to lead healthy sexual and reproductive lives. It brings together the UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/ World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), which supports and implements research, with programme development in sexual and reproductive health. The RHR team on Gender, Reproductive Rights, Sexual Health and Adolescence (GRR) ensures that research, policy and programmes in sexual and reproductive health protect and promote human rights and foster equity and equality between women and men, both adolescents and adults. Gender norms and inequalities, as well as laws and policies affecting women’s and men’s access to information and services can all have an important impact on people’s health and their related human rights.

GRR contributes to building evidence on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, female genital mutilation, sexual violence -including in conflict and post-conflict, and positive aspects of sexuality by supporting research of high policy and programmatic relevance. In relation to gender-based violence the work is focused on:

  • developing tools for measurement and data collection;
  • measuring the impact of violence on the health burden (intimate partner violence, sexual violence, child sexual abuse)
  • developing guidelines on prevention and response to intimate partner violence and sexual violence;
  • increasing capacity of health programme managers to address these issues;
  • developing and supporting research including on interventions;
  • the intersections of gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Garcia-Moreno is a physician from Mexico with a Masters of Science (MSc) in community medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has over 25 years of experience in public health and primary health care spanning Africa, Latin America and parts of Asia. For the last 15 years her work has focused on women’s health and gender and health. She was responsible for WHO’s work on gender and health and women’s health as Coordinator in WHO’s Department of Gender, Women and Health and now leading the gender and rights team in the Department of Reproductive Health. She has led WHO’s work on women and HIV/AIDS and on violence against women, and she coordinated the WHO Multi-Country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women which has now been implemented in over 14 countries. She has spearheaded and participated in several initiatives, including the Sexual Violence Research Initiative, the Violence against Women Panel for the International Federation of Gynecologists-Obstetricians and is on the steering committee of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS. She is on the editorial board of Reproductive Health Matters and has published and reviews papers on women’s health for several international journals.

Status of Women Canada, Analysis and Integration

Lead: Daniel Sansfaçon –

Status of Women Canada is the federal government’s organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of equality between women and men. One of the Agency’s key priorities is to end violence against women and girls. Over the years, the Agency has funded numerous community-based projects that aim to achieve systemic changes in responses to violence against women, supported some research and data collection efforts, and worked with key stakeholders at the national and international levels to develop and promote policies and programs that aim to end violence against women and girls. Most recently, the Agency has been tasked to work with experts and advocates to develop and implement a comprehensive federal gender violence strategy and action plan, aligned with existing provincial strategies. The Agency has also been tasked to support the departments of Justice and Indigenous and Northern Affairs to develop a process and mandate for an inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls in Canada, and to support the departments of Infrastructure and Communities and of Indigenous and Northern Affairs in ensuring that no one fleeing domestic violence is left without a place to turn by growing and maintaining Canada’s network of shelters and transition houses.

Daniel Sansfaçon, PhD in sociology, has joined Status of Women in 2014, and is its Director of Analysis and Integration. As such, he is responsible among others for the development and dissemination of the Agency’s knowledge base on gender inequalities and evidence-based policies and practices to address these inequalities, including gender-based violence. He was Director of Policy, Research and Evaluation in Public Safety Canada’s National Crime Prevention Centre from 2006 to 2014, has worked at the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) between 1996 and 2006, and has been a professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal where he taught research methods from 1988 until 1994.Throughout his career, Daniel has managed complex policy files and multidisciplinary teams or policy and research analysts, supervised complex research programs, delivered numerous presentations nationally and internationally, including in UN organizations, and published articles in scientific journals.