Preventing Violence Against Women – Linking Research and Policy

A workshop on policies to prevent violence against women is organized in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Violence against women remains one of the most fundamental obstacles to the achievement of women’s full human rights worldwide. Violence against women includes multiple types of violence: physical, psychological, sexual and economic, and affects women of all origins and social situations.

Despite international, regional and national laws and conventions to prevent violence, and despite States’ commitments to punish and eventually eradicate violence against women, this violence persists, and in some cases even increases.

One of the persistent difficulties in implementing effective policies to combat violence against women is the need for real research and understanding about the underlying causes of this violence, rooted in persistent gender inequalities, and in social constructions of masculinities and feminities which act to normalise and reproduce relations of violence between the sexes. Policies which are not based on this comprehension of the nature of violence against women and its causes, cannot tackle the underlying social structures and constructions which lead to violence.

This workshop will bring together leading researchers and policy-makers to engage in a dialogue on new ways forward in combating and preventing violence against women. The dialogue will enable researchers to present new evidence on the nature and causes of violence against women, and to make recommendations as to how this knowledge can be translated into concrete and realisable policies which will have a real impact on reducing the incidences of violence against women. At the same time policy makers will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with researchers to bring forward the obstacles they have faced in implementing policies on preventing violence against women, and to work together to find ways of overcoming these.


Type of Event Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Start 24.11.2011 13:00 local time
End 24.11.2011 17:00 local time
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Focal point Freedman, Jane
Organizer UNESCO
Contact Jane Freedman,
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room XII
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants 80
Official Website Gender Equality in UNESCO
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