Rachel Jewkes

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Rachel Jewkes is Unit Director of the Gender and Health Unit of the Medical Research Council, based in Pretoria, South Africa,[1] and a member of the National Council Against Gender-Based Violence in South Africa.[2] Jewkes studied Medicine, receiving a Masters in Community Medicine (MSc) and a Doctorate in Medicine (MD) from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London.[1] She is an Honorary Professor in the faculty of Health Sciences, School of Public Health at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.[3] Jewkes is the Secretary of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative and a regional member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Injury and Violence Prevention and Control.[1] She is a member of the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board and the WHO's Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee for HIV-AIDS (STAC-HIV).[1] Jewkes moved from England to South Africa in 1994.[4]

Recent research[edit]

A UN-sponsored study coauthored by Jewkes on male violence against women in Asia and the Pacific reported that a high number of men admitted to sexual violence.[5][6] Survey researchers have questioned the plausibility of some of the findings of this study.[7] In 2013 Jewkes also published on depressive symptoms after sexual assault,[8] the epidemiology of child homicides[9] and intimate femicide-suicide.[10]


Sexual violence[edit]

Homicide and femicide[edit]

Women's health[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "South African Medical Research Council Contact Page". Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Gould, Chandre. "On the Record: Professor Rachel Jewkes" (PDF). Institute for Security Studies. ISS. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Prof Rachel Jewkes receives NRF 'A' rating". University of Witwatersrand. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Shea, Rachel (14 September 2013). "UN Study Looks at High Rate of Rape". Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Almost a quarter of men 'admit to rape in parts of Asia'". BBC News. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Alexander, Ruth. "How Many Men in Asia Admit to Rape?". BBC News. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Gutbrod H, Erlich A (December 2013). "Implausible incarceration data need to be addressed". The Lancet Global Health. 1 (6): e334–5. doi:10.1016/S2214-109X(13)70142-6. PMID 25104595. 
  8. ^ Abrahams N, Jewkes R, Mathews S (July 2013). "Depressive symptoms after a sexual assault among women: understanding victim-perpetrator relationships and the role of social perceptions". African Journal of Psychiatry. 16 (4): 288–93. doi:10.4314/ajpsy.v16i4.39. PMID 24051569. 
  9. ^ Mathews S, Abrahams N, Jewkes R, Martin LJ, Lombard C (August 2013). "The epidemiology of child homicides in South Africa". Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 91 (8): 562–8. doi:10.2471/BLT.12.117036. PMC 3738312Freely accessible. PMID 23940403. 
  10. ^ Mathews S, Abrahams N, Jewkes R, Martin LJ, Lombard C, Vetten L (July 2008). "Intimate femicide-suicide in South Africa: a cross-sectional study". Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 86 (7): 552–58. doi:10.1590/S0042-96862008000700015. PMC 2647481Freely accessible. PMID 18670666.