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Project dldl/ድልድል is a UKRI-funded research and innovation project dedicated to the development and strengthening of religio-culturally sensitive domestic violence alleviation systems in Ethiopia, Eritrea and the UK. dldl/ድልድል means ‘bridge’ in Tigrigna language, a term that reflects the project’s aim to bridge different disciplines, sectors and stakeholders to achieve a more reflexive, decolonial and integrated approach to addressing domestic violence in religious communities. The project works to generate new research and evidence on how religious beliefs, theology and the clergy can contribute to the deterrence of domestic violence and to raise awareness around the religio-cultural parameters of domestic violence among practitioners in government and the non-governmental sectors so as to promote more integrated faith-sensitive domestic violence support systems for victims and perpetrators.
The project aims to achieve its impact by facilitating collaboration across numerous sectors and stakeholder groups, and by encouraging cross-cultural learning through South–North knowledge exchange. We are especially keen to reverse the historical dominance of Northern societies in setting theoretical paradigms and in dictating practices within domestic violence and gender-based violence research and practice internationally.
The Project dldl/ድልድል Annual Conference 2022 will aim to promote these objectives by bringing together religious, secular, government and non-governmental stakeholders working to address domestic violence in the project countries and internationally to facilitate the communication of new evidence and to promote cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral knowledge exchange and collaborations. It will also provide the platform for the project team, partner organisations and collaborators to share their activities, findings and lessons with a more international audience.
Submissions are invited from all relevant stakeholders internationally. These can cover any topic related to the project’s objectives and thematic areas, which are listed below.
CROSS-CULTURAL RESEARCH ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INTERVENTION DESIGN
FAITH-BASED INTERVENTIONS TO RESPOND TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
INTEGRATED AND MULTISECTORAL APPROACHES TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN MIGRATION
We invite submissions from researchers, practitioners, psychologists, social workers, clergy, seminarians and activists from across the world in any of the formats identified below:
These are only open to project collaborators, team members and other individuals who will attend the physical conference in Ethiopia. Details about physical presentations will be communicated closer to the date.
Recorded presentation: The recording should not exceed 35 minutes of duration and should be of high audio quality. The recording can be submitted as a mobile recording, Zoom video link or Zoom MP4 file, or in any other equivalent format.
Poster: Posters should not exceed one page and should be submitted in PDF format.
Short film: Short films should not exceed 35 minutes. They should be uploaded on YouTube on a creator’s account prior to submission and should include subtitles if and where possible for international accessibility.
Podcast: Podcasts should not exceed 35 minutes. They should be uploaded on Soundcloud on a creator’s account prior to submission.
Submissions can be:
Please note that the submissions will be published on the project’s website on the Conference Event page following the event.
Accepted submissions will also be considered for publication in a Conference Proceedings Edition published by the project team.
SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS
If you are interested in making a submission in any of the above themes and formats, please contact the project’s dedicated email email@example.com to express your interest. Please title the email “Project dldl Annual Conference 2022 Abstract Submission.”
At this stage a request an abstract of 250 words that should cover the format of the presentation (physical, virtual), the topic and the unique contribution that this can make to further the project’s objectives and to advance discussion on the conference themes.
Please also include a short biographical note for each contributor not exceeding 150 words each.
Provided that a physical conference can be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, some funding for attending the conference in person will be made available for collaborators and partners of the project. External participants may attend in person, but they will need to cover the cost of travel and accommodation using their own funds. However, the planning team in Ethiopia will be happy to help with booking accommodation and advising on matters of travel.