Gender-ally speaking: Preventing Violence against Women and Girls by engaging Men and Boys
Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. The majority of GBV constitutes men's violence against women and girls. The statistics are staggering. Worldwide, an estimated 1 in 3 women will experience physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime. As the World Health Organization (WHO) has pointed out, violence against women and girls remains "devastatingly pervasive and starts alarmingly young". Since the outbreak of COVID-19, all types of violence against women and girls have intensified, particularly intimate partner violence. All forms of sexual and gender-based violence constitute serious human rights violations and prevent us from achieving gender equality. This in turn keeps us from achieving sustainable development, peace, security and the internationally agreed development goals, in particular the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Against the backdrop of persisting gender-based violence, enhanced international cooperation on gender-transformative approaches with the meaningful participation of men and boys is more important than ever.
The virtual event is organized in the context of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25) and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (November 25 - December 10). The Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Dominican Republic will co-host the event together with UN-Women, MenEngage Alliance, the Sexual Violence Research Initiative and the RESPECT framework.