Ms. Ines Keygnaert

Assistant Professor

Ines Keygnaert is Assistant Professor in Sexual and Reproductive Health at the International Centre for Reproductive Health, Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the Ghent University. She is also the Team Leader of the "Gender & Violence" Team, focusing on violence prevention & response, sexual and reproductive health rights' violations, and on gender and sexual health promotion in vulnerable populations.

On behalf of the Belgian government, Ines is currently coordinating the piloting of Belgian sexual assault care centres. She also coordinates the first gender- and age-sensitive sexual violence prevalence study in Belgium (UN-MENAMAIS), as well as the thematic working group on Gender, Rights and Interpersonal Violence of the ANSER network. In addition, she is founding member of the Centre for Social Studies on Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR), member of the Commission on Sexual Violence as well as member of the Commission on Human Rights of Ghent University.

Ines holds a PhD in Medical Sciences (on prevention of sexual violence), a third cycle degree (DES) in Social and Political Development as well as a Master’s degree in Eastern Languages & Cultures. She has long-standing experience in community-based participatory research focusing on the interrelation between social policy, community development and public health. She coordinated different (inter)national research projects on sexual and gender-based violence prevention and response, migrant health and health care management of victims. She developed clinical guidelines, violence prevention tools and training programs for many different settings.

Furthermore, Ines is an acknowledged expert on both sexual violence as well as migrant health, regularly providing consultancies for leading global health organisations, as WHO and UNFPA and several governments. Within the European project supporting EU Member States under migratory pressure (SH-CAPAC), she coordinated all SRH aspects.



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