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Displacement-related changes in marital practices and associated intimate partner violence risk among Somali refugees in Dollo Ado, Ethiopia

April 22, 10:30 am PDT

The Innovations for Youth (i4Y) Child Marriage and Youth Empowerment Group together with Bixby and the Women’s Health Gender and Empowerment Center hosts a speaker series to explore challenging questions related to child marriage and youth empowerment.

Dr. Vandana Sharma, MD, MPH
Global Health Researcher

Dr. Vandana Sharma is a global health researcher at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative with expertise in impact evaluations, randomized controlled trials and programming in development and humanitarian contexts. Dr. Sharma’s research includes randomized trials of interventions to reduce maternal mortality in northern Nigeria and to reduce IPV and HIV transmission in Ethiopia, as well as mixed-methods IPV research among Somali refugees. Other research interests include assessing gender biases within humanitarian organizations and measuring gender-based violence (GBV) risk mitigation in humanitarian emergencies. Dr. Sharma was named in the Canadian Women in Global Health List in 2018 and she was awarded the Canadian Excellence in Global Women and Children’s Health Award in 2019 for her contributions nationally and globally to improving women and children’s health.

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Questions/More Info: contact Tina Lu, tl.tinalu@berkeley.edu

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact Marieka Schotland at mschotland@berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.


Online – Virtual Event


Innovations for Youth (i4Y)
The Bixby Center for Population, Health, and Sustainability
The UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI)