Side Event CSW 65: Combating violence against women and girls
The majority of victims of gender-based violence (GBV) are women and girls. Despite all efforts, women and girls still experience various forms of violence, including physical, sexual, economic and psychological violence, cyber violence, gender-based harassment and stalking. Additionally, the number of cases of domestic and intimate-partner violence is increasing in many parts of the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic, while other forms of GBV- such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriages- are also on the rise. During this “shadow pandemic”, existing support systems are under extraordinary strain. Policy solutions and responses need to be adapted to ensure that they are effective and accessible.
Under the German Presidency of the Council of the EU in November 2020, Gender Equality Ministers from all over the EU highlighted the importance of adapting violence protection measures that can help to ensure that women have access to support services in times of crisis. In many other parts of the world, governments and civil society organizations have stepped up resources to address the problem of domestic and intimate-partner violence during the pandemic.
This side event, jointly organized by Germany, Belgium and Namibia will present best practices and measures from different countries and regions to discuss concrete ways in which policies can be adapted to improve support systems in times of crisis. It will take place virtually on 23 March, 2 PM (CET).
A key note speech will be delivered by Amanda Nguyen, CEO and founder of Rise. The following speakers have agreed to participate in the subsequent panel discussion:
- Dagmar Schumacher, Director, UN Women Brussels (confirmed)
- Julia Kharashvili, Member of the High Level Advisory Group for Global Studies on the Impact of UNSC Resolution 1325 and Chair Person of the IDP Women Association Consent
- Prof. Djamila Ribeiro, Black Feminist Writer and Professor of Counter-hegemonic Journalism at Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo
- Twapewa Kadhikwa, Vice-Chair, Women’s Action for Development
Please note that the registration for the side event is now closed. You can still follow a livestream for the event here: webtv.un.org/live/