Keynote presenters

The conference organising committee is very excited to announce the keynote presenters for the 23rd Annual NNVAWI Conference in 2020

Claudia GM

Claudia Garcia-Moreno

Claudia García-Moreno leads the World Health Organization’s work on violence against women, based in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research. She has worked for 30 years in public health and global health policy, with a focus on women's health, sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. She worked as health adviser and then head of the Health Unit of Oxfam UK for 8 years covering both humanitarian and development settings and then spent 3 years on the International Conference on Population and Development. She joined WHO in 1985 and led work on gender and women’s health, coordinated the WHO Multi-Country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence and co-led the development of the global and regional estimates on intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women, with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Under her leadership WHO has developed guidelines and tools for strengthening the health response to violence against women, engaged countries to address violence against women as a public health priority and in 2016 launched the Global plan of action to strengthen the role of the health sector in addressing violence, in particular against women and girls and against children. She is founder and past Chair of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative, co-chairs the Working Group on Violence against Women of the International Federation of Obstetricians-Gynecologists (FIGO) and is Chair of the Independent Advisory Board of DFID’s research initiative, ‘What Works to prevent violence against women and girls?’. Claudia is a physician from Mexico with an MSc in Community Medicine from LSHTM.

Gun Heimer

Professor Gun Heimer

Professor Gun Heimer is Head of the National Centre for Knowledge (NCK) on Men's Violence Against Women in Sweden. She is a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and since 2004, she holds a professorship in Women’s Health with focus on Violence against Women at the Faculty of Medicine at Uppsala University, where she manages a research group.

NCK is a knowledge and resource center based at Uppsala University. NCK has been commissioned by the Swedish Government to increase the knowledge of men's violence against women in Sweden, and to develop methods for the treatment and care of women subjected to violence.

The 24-hour national helpline Kvinnofridslinjen is part of NCK's patient services. Women who are threatened with or subjected to violence can phone Kvinnofridslinjen to talk about their experiences forwarding their questions to knowledgeable staff. Friends and relatives are also welcome to phone.


NCK's commission includes the conduct of research in connection with patient services and the development of methods for the treatment and care of women exposed to violence. NCK's patient services provides an important foundation for research and a good platform for the development of new methods.


Astrid Eriksen

“Breaking the silence” Interpersonal violence and health among Sami and non-Sami- a population-based study in Mid- and Northern Norway.

Astrid Eriksen is an associate Professor and current position are both as an associate professor, 100 % Faculty of Health Science, OsloMet- Oslo Metropolitan University. Additionally I have a 20 % position as a researcher at the Centre for Sami Health Research, UiT- the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø.

Astrid is born and raised in Tysfjord (at Latitude 68 Degrees North), the core area of the indigenous Lulesami community. She is a nurse with a Ph.D. in social epidemiology. Her main research interest is interpersonal violence and health among the Sami population. Her main research area is within the field of epidemiology, public health and social inequality in health through population based studies exploring health and living conditions in areas with both Sami and non-Sami population.


Carolina Överlien

Carolina Överlien is a Research Professor at the Norwegian Center for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies, and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social Work, Stockholm University. Professor Överlien has for a number of years conducted studies on child abuse and neglect, as well as teenage/youth intimate partner violence.  Her research interests also include qualitative methods, research ethics, narrative analysis, and children's rights. She has published extensively in journals, and has written and edited several books. Her most recent work include a double special issue on children, adolescents and violence, published in 2019 in Journal of Family Violence, as well as a handbook on domestic violence and abuse, published by Routledge in 2020.