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