(January 2012) On Jan. 12, 2012, the Interagency Gender Working Group’s (IGWG) Gender-based Violence Task Force held a brown bag presentation entitled “Health Outcomes of Intimate Partner and Non-Partner Violence Against Women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”

The presentation was given by Katie Robinette, a gender-based violence research and evaluation consultant, who recently completed a Global Health Fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she worked on the beginning phases of the PEPFAR GBV scale-up initiative and was responsible for developing monitoring and evaluation tools and surveillance measures for sexual and gender-based violence programs. She has previously worked on violence prevention programs in the U.S. and Sierra Leone.

The key message of Robinette’s presentation was that for gender-based violence resources to have the greatest impact on development and stability in the DRC, they must be allocated to include intimate partner violence an a national level and not just small scale operations targeting conflict related sexual violence.