Preventing Violence Against Women - Linking Research and Policy

To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Division for Gender Equality will hold a workshop "Preventing Violence Against Women - Linking Research and Policy". The event will take place on 24 November 2011 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Room XII at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Carol Hagemann-White –Chair of General Pedagogy and Gender Studies, University of Osnabrück, Germany
  • Ms Gauri Van Gulik – Women's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch
  • Ms Liri Kopaçi-Di Michele – Division for Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, Council of Europe
  • Ms Somali Cerise – Gender Project Coordinator at the OECD Development Centre
  • Ms Christelle Hamel - French National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED)
  • Ms Mioko Saito – International Institute for Educational Planning, UNESCO.

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 femininities 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.

For registration, please contact Ms Rachel Neil



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