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Alessandra Guedes

Gender and development manager (Research)

Alessandra has dedicated 20 years of her professional life to promoting children’s and women’s rights and health, including working intensively to end violence against children and against women. She joined Innocenti in 2019 to lead the development and implementation of a research programme to address key issues and constraints to achieving gender equity within child protection, with a particular focus on addressing the interlinkages between violence against children and violence against women. Prior to joining UNICEF, Alessandra served as the World Health Organization’s Regional Advisor for the Americas on family violence prevention (2009-2019) and as the co-chair of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative’s Coordinating Group, a role she continues to occupy. Alessandra holds a Master of Science in Public Health for Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Masters of Arts in Art Therapy from the George Washington University.

Blogs

Five ways governments are responding to violence against women and children during COVID-19
Blog Blog

Five ways governments are responding to violence against women and children during COVID-19

While the world may have been caught off guard by the size and ramifications of the COVID-19 crisis, it should be prepared to respond to the increased risks to the wellbeing and safety of children and women. Violence against children and violence against women are widespread globally and intrinsically linked, sharing common risk factors and similar adverse and severe consequences. The literature within pandemics may be limited, but we have enough evidence to say unequivocally that related factors—such as confinement, social isolation, increased levels of financial stress, and weak institutional responses—can increase or intensify levels of violence.
The time is now! Preventing violence against women and children requires quality evidence.
Blog Blog

The time is now! Preventing violence against women and children requires quality evidence.

Reflections from the world’s premier conference on ending violence against women and violence against children from the Sexual Violence Research Initiative Forum 2019

Journal articles

COVID-19 response measures and violence against children
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COVID-19 response measures and violence against children

Modelling the Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Violent Discipline Against Children
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Modelling the Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Violent Discipline Against Children

Violence against children in Latin America and the Caribbean: What do available data reveal about prevalence and perpetrators?
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Violence against children in Latin America and the Caribbean: What do available data reveal about prevalence and perpetrators?