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This PhD project aims to increase awareness and further illuminate the very complex phenomena of war rape and its consequences in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Using a public health perspective and theories of gender and health, this study endeavours to generate practical and theoretical knowledge, relevant for comprehensive health care/humanitarian interventions. This contextually derived knowledge should serve the actual needs of affected individuals, their communities and beyond.
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Jill is a Canadian registered nurse who has worked for many years predominantly in hospital-based trauma units and spent a couple of years at a clinic for sexual/domestic violence in Canada. She holds a BA with a focus on Peace and Conflict studies from Waterloo University in Canada and a Masters of Science in International Health from Uppsala University. She has recently (in Sept 2013) sucessfully defended her doctorate thesis which investigated the phenomena of war rape in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. She is associated with the Centre for Gender Research and the International Maternal and Child Health unit of Women's and Children's Health located within the medical faculty at Uppsala University. She is currently a lecturer at IMCH and coordinator of the Qualitative Discussion Group. Her lecture topics include Qualitative Methods (Introduction, Basic and Advanced) Gender, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and War rape. Her current research interests include masculinities and spirituality, indigenous healing and sexual violence perpetration.
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