Towards ethical international research partnerships in gender-based violence research: insights from research partners in Kenya

Sanne Weber*, Margaret Hardiman, Wangu Kanja, Siân Thomas, Nicole Robinson-Edwards, Caroline Bradbury-Jones

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Abstract

Research with survivors of gender-based violence in low- and middle-income countries is important to improve understanding of experiences of violence and the policies that can help combat it. But this research also implies risks for survivors, such as re-traumatization, safety concerns, and feelings of exploitation. These risks are magnified if research is undertaken by researchers from high-income countries, whose positionality produces power inequalities affecting both participants and research partners. This article describes the ethical challenges of international gender-based violence research from the perspective of Kenyan researchers and organizations and identifies recommendations about how to prevent them.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalViolence against Women
Early online date16 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2021

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Funding Information:
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Institute for Global Innovation, University of Birmingham.

Keywords

  • engagement
  • ethics
  • gender-based violence
  • participation
  • research methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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