26.08.2010 - UNESCO Social and Human Sciences

Violence against Women: Call for Papers

UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector is currently undertaking a programme of research on men and violence against women, gendered poverty and legal socio-cultural factors influencing women’s access to freshwater, in collaboration with the University of Hull (United Kingdom). The aim is to develop policy recommendations in these areas.

The programme is organized within the framework of UNESCO’s action to combat violence against women, to enhance women’s rights and empowerment, and building on its central objective of promoting research that supports evidence-based decision-making.

The results of the research will be presented during a second in a series of research meetings that will be held in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo) in 2011 (exact dates will be communicated later). It will build upon the success of the previous meeting, held in Pretoria (South Africa) in August 2007 on ‘Women’s Rights for Peace and Security in post-Conflict Democracies in sub-Saharan Africa’, which formed the basis for a productive dialogue with Ministers at the Forum of Ministers of Women’s Affairs of the Great Lakes Region in Mombasa (Kenya) in 2009, and for a series of policy papers and policy briefs, now available on the UNESCO website.

For the meeting in Kinshasa, researchers specializing in gender-based violence are invited to prepare papers on the following research themes: 

  • “Men and Violence against Women”;
  • “Gendered Poverty and Access to Freshwater”. 

The meeting will be concerned primarily with countries in the Great Lakes region, but relevant papers which deal with other African and/or ISESCO (Islamic Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) countries or take a comparative focus on these issues in post-conflict situations will be welcome, particularly if their recommendations are applicable to the Great Lakes region.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words, in English or French, should be submitted for review to UNESCO to gender.SHS(at)unesco.org no later than 30 September 2010. Contributors will be informed whether their paper has been accepted as soon as possible after this date.

In order to ensure timely circulation to all participants, first drafts of research papers accepted must be submitted to UNESCO no later than 15 December 2010.

Research papers must be original and should not have been published, or submitted elsewhere for publication. They should be between 7,000 and 10,000 words in length and may be submitted preferably in English, or in French.

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Chifa Tekaya, gender.SHS(at)unesco.org

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