NOVEMBER 30, 2016 - Access to Justice and Gender-Based Violence

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre is pleased to partner with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to present:

Access to Justice and Gender-Based Violence:
Two Case Studies in Guyana and India

This event is also one of the initiatives taking place within the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, an international campaign which calls for the elimination of gender-based violence by raising awareness at the local, national, and international levels.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
12 to 1 p.m.
Fauteux Hall, FTX570 (5th Floor)
(57 Louis Pasteur, uOttawa)

All are welcome.
This event will be presented in English.
A light lunch will be provided.

How can we use research in addressing violence against women? The International Development Research Award Program offers researchers the opportunity to work on a one year research project on crucial development issues. Two IDRC research award recipients, Gloria Song and Andreanne Martel, will be presenting their IDRC research on gender-based violence based on their field work.

Mrs. Song will discuss access to justice issues for gender-based violence survivors in Guyana in obtaining protection under the Domestic Violence Act. Mrs. Martel will discuss how to bring a survivor-centric approach to scale. Based on case studies on access to justice and sexual violence in India, this presentation will use a gender transformative framework.

Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session and the speakers will also briefly introduce IDRC’s Research Award Program and can answer any questions about their experience with the program. Please join us for this invigorating discussion on fighting violence against women.


  • Gloria SONG | Research Award Recipient – Governance and Justice (IDRC)

Prior to joining IDRC, Mrs. Song practiced as a poverty lawyer in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut for the Legal Services Board of Nunavut. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Law Society of Nunavut’s Access to Justice Committee. She has also worked at the Legal Assistance Centre’s Gender Research and Advocacy Project in Windhoek, Namibia, conducting human rights law research as part of the Canadian Bar Association’s Young Lawyers International Program. Mrs. Song has a Master of Laws at the University of Ottawa with a research focus on access to justice in Nunavut. She also holds a juris doctor law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in political science from the University of Ottawa.

  • Andréanne MARTEL | Research Award Recipient – Policy and Evaluation Division (IDRC)

Ms. Martel holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Université of Québec in Montréal (UQAM). Prior to joining IDRC, she was in charge of the coordination of a research centre on international cooperation at UQAM. She coordinated an international network on natural resources (REINVENTERRA), which brings together researchers from academic institutions and actors from civil society organizations (CSOs) from three regions (West Africa, South-East Asia, and Latin America). Since 2010, she has also evaluated post-earthquake projects implemented in Haiti by NGOs and international organizations.

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