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Shanaaz is the director of the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town and has a PhD in Public Health from the University of the Witwatersrand. She has 30 years’ experience in the women’s and children’s sectors and have worked within civil society organisations, as an academic, technical advisor to government programmes specializing in violence against women and children.  She currently serves as International Advisory Board member for the UNICEF Innocenti Research Office Florence, on the Multi Country Study on the Drivers of Violence and is a member of the Lead Investigator Group in the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development, at Wits University. She also serves on the board of Childwatch International and Sonke Gender Justice. 

Her research interests include violence against women and children, as well as pathways to violent masculinities using both qualitative and quantitative approaches. Shanaaz has led the  seminal research on the national prevalence of fatal child abuse in the context of child murders in South Africa and piloted Child Death Reviews teams in the South African context. Her current research is focussed on understanding gaps in the child protection system with a focus on alternative models of care.  She has led the determinants of violence against women and children study for the South African Inter-ministerial parliamentary committee and has served as a technical advisor on South Africa’s Diagnostic Review of Government Programmes to address violence against women and children.  

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