ICRH conducted a survey into the attitudes of hospitals in East Flanders towards the organisation of care for victims of sexual violence. The study, entitled ‘Towards a holistic approach to sexual violence: are reference centres a feasible and desirable model?, was financed by the Province of East Flanders. It revealed that a majority of the hospitals is in favour of a system of ‘reference centres’, in which integrated medical, psycho-social, legal and police assistance is centralized within specialized reference centres. This system appears to be more convenient for both care takers and victims.

ICRH offers research internship opportunities to postgraduates considering a career in reproductive health research. The program aims at exposing junior researchers to the various aspects of research with a focus on themes such as sexually transmitted infections, maternal and child health, sexual violence and family planning.

The ICRH Belgium activity report is available online. 2014 has proved to be another most fruitful year for ICRH.

Flemish development NGOs launch sensitization campaign on MDGs.

The practice of forced child marriages is also in Belgium a reality. Today, a seminar on this topic was organized by the Institute for the Equality of Women and Men, Plan Belgium and Ghent University’s research group International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH). "Many assume that this is an archaic practice, but this is not the case," said Liesbet Stevens, deputy director of the Institute. "We need a global strategy." ICRH is currently preparing a study on the topic and the Institute will soon present a national action plan to the different governments.

The annual ‘week of spring fever’, focusing on the quality of relational and sexual eductation, takes place from February 23rd until 27th 2015. This year special attention is given to homophobia which is often a consequence of rigid attitudes towards ‘masculinity’ and ‘femininity’ and towards ideas about how men and women should behave.

On February 13th at 5:30 p.m. Ms. Charlotte Warren will defend her PhD entitled: “Exploring the quality and effect of comprehensive postnatal care models in East and Southern Africa”.

On February 6th . Ms. Xu-Dong (Stella) Zhang, defended successfully her PhD entitled: “Vulnerabilities and opportunities for improving sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescent female sex workers in Kunming, China”.
Supervisor: Prof.dr. Stanley Lüchters
Co-Supervisor: Prof. dr. Marleen Temmerman

UGent-community magazine 'Durf Denken' published an interview with Prof. dr. Wim Delva in their latest edition of February 2015

UGent student Liza Van der Stock wins Freedom to Love award for her photographs of the sex workers in Zanzibar.

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