Combating Gender Based Violence

Date : Feb 27, 2017
Time : 6:00-8:00pm
Place : Horizon Ballroom, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20004

Join us for a wine and cheese reception before the event.


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1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced gender based violence.  Gender based violence is the general term used to capture violence that occurs as a result of the normative role expectations associated with each gender, along with the unequal power relationships between the two genders, within the context of a specific society. It can take the form of honor killings, human trafficking, sexual violence, and violence in close relationships.

Gender based violence has drawn more attention in recent decades as people are beginning to take notice to this issue.  The World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development argues that closing these gaps is a core development objective in its own right. It is also smart economics. Greater gender equality can enhance productivity, improve development outcomes for the next generation, and make institutions more representative.  International organizations, such as the UN, are working to eradicate gender based violence.  In addition, US foreign policy attempts to address this though prevention and responding in more than 40 countries worldwide. Regional areas have also sought to solve this issue by increasing awareness of the scope of the problem and its impact, improving services for survivors of violence, and strengthening prevention efforts.


Are the international, American, and regional efforts enough? Are there other strategies to combat gender based violence?  Join the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC as we explore the efforts to reduce and eliminate gender based violence.


Panelist: Salman Sufi, Director General at the Chief Minister’s Strategic Reforms Unit (SRU) - Punjab, Pakistan

Panelist: Lyric Thompson, Director, Policy and Advocacy, International Center for Research on Women

Moderator: Barbara Wien, Professor, Masters Program in International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), The School for International Service (SIS), The American University

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