Shanaaz Mathews

Co-Lead for Impact Evaluation, University of Cape Town

Shanaaz is the director of the Children’s Institute and professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has more than 30 years’ experience in the women’s and children’s sectors and have worked within civil society organisations, as an academic, and technical advisor to government programmes specializing in violence against women and children. Her research interests include intersections of violence against women and children using an intersectional feminist lens. She has co-led the national study on Femicide and Child Homicides in South Africa and led qualitative research into pathways to violent masculinities. She is a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on GBV, a member of the International Advisory Board for the UNICEF Innocenti Research Office’s Multi Country Study on the Drivers of Violence, and a managing committee member for the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence on Human Development, at the University of the Witwatersrand. Shanaaz serves on the programme management team for the What Work 2, research component, as technical evaluation co-lead.