Working across 40 countries with government leaders, national universities, research practitioners, front-line service providers, and young people, the University of Edinburgh has a mission to improve the lives of children by transforming and mobilizing data and evidence to create change.

The University of Edinburgh is poised to become a leading solutions hub with a priority focus on child sexual exploitation and abuse. In 2022, the University of Edinburgh launched a global data institute for childsafety with the remit to collect improved CSEA prevalence data.


Dr. Catherine Maternowska

Trained in economics, public health, and medical anthropology, she uses mixed methodology approaches to achieve improved outcomes. She has published dozens of policy-influencing peer-review articles on gender-related issues and violence prevention, including a book on Haiti; her work has been featured in the popular press. Her most recent work addresses violence prevention and the online-offline continuum. She held a faculty position at the University of California, San Francisco for ten years working in Haiti, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Kenya.

From 2012-2017, she worked for UNICEF leading the Multi-Country Study on the Drivers of Violence, replicated in twenty-three countries globally. From 2017-2021 she led Data, Evidence & Learning at the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. Currently, she is co-leading efforts to build a global stakeholder-focused solutions hub for child sexual exploitation and abuse.

She has a Ph.D. from Columbia University, in New York City, an MPH from the University of Michigan, and a BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics.

“Sexual violence is the most egregious crime that can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time.

The Brave Movement is a force of gravity harnessing the best of brilliant activist energy and insights alongside decades of violence prevention experience onto common ground. As a survivor of sexual violence this movement is my salve; as a research practitioner this movement without a doubt will create healing, prevention, and justice and I am honored to be part of it.

The End Violence Lab at the University of Edinburgh will work with partners across the violence prevention ecosystem to mobilize data and evidence addressing sexual violence against children hand-in-hand with the movement’s leaders, arming them with the best and most relevant knowledge and information possible to make real change happen from the corridors of power to every community worldwide.”

The Army of Survivors is the only organization in the United States advocating for and supporting athlete survivors of sexual abuse. It was created by a group of athlete survivors and its mission is to bring awareness, accountability, and transparency to sexual violence against athletes at all levels. The goal of The Army of Survivors is to end sexual assault against athletes by ensuring perpetrators and enablers are held accountable, creating transparency in reporting, building an environment in which athletes do not fear retaliation when reporting abuse, and advocating for change to protect survivors.