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The primary challenge facing the twenty-first century is to eliminate violence against women. At minimum, 1 in 3 women face violence that suppresses their political and civic participation. Until it is confronted, we will not be able to tackle peace holistically or sustainably, and our development dollars are not being used effectively. Like polio, Rotarians are key to meeting this challenge!

Gender-based violence: a threat to peace

  1. 1. A PAGE FOR BIG BOLDBULLET ITEMS Gender Based Violence: A Threat to Peace Peace Symposium Breakout Session 1 | Friday, May 31
  2. 2. • Kathy Doherty – Attended Chulalongkorn University in summer of 2018 (Class 25), working in Kenya, East Africa - from Chicago, IL USA • William McInerney – Attended University of Bradford 2016-17 (Class 15), doctoral student at the University of Cambridge - from North Carolina, USA • Erin Thomas – Attended Universidad del Salvador 2003-2004 (Class 1), lives and works in Portland Oregon USA • Rozy Rani Sarmah – Attended Chulalongkorn University in 2015, works as a police officer in the Indian State of Assam Introducing the Panelists
  3. 3. A PAGE FOR BIG BOLDBULLET ITEMSGender Based Violence …is a threat to peace The greater the gender gap in a country, the more likely the country is to go to war, use force during conflicts, or to be involved in violent international crisis. In order for countries to become more gender-equal, we need to address the violence and exploitation of women that occurs across the globe, and at all levels of society. According to the UN: 35% of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime – they have been raped, beaten or abused. This figure does not account for all the other forms of violence against women – when you add trafficking, child marriage & other forms of violence, studies show that up to 70% of women experience such violence.
  4. 4. Gender Based Violence …is a threat to peace Rotary Trustees are global thought leaders in the peace sector in that they recognize that while peace begins with the absence of conflict – it includes the broad range of human needs for dignity and security, food, shelter, education, health and a clean environment.
  5. 5. “Hundreds of private agencies explore and support peace building. These and the advances in technology have brought people and nations everywhere closer together in time and space. And yet wars and conflicts abound, between and within nations around the world. Their origins stem from: religious, cultural, economic, and political differences.”
  6. 6. “Finding the path to world peace and understanding is not a spectator sport. It is fully participatory. The cost of failure will be borne by every man, woman and child on the planet in some way, directly or indirectly. Over the past 100 years, Rotarians of the world have achieved some marvelous results. We have the chance now to become an important player in the most important goal of all, what we set out to do originally, to achieve understanding, goodwill and peace throughout the world.”
  7. 7. Building Strategic Partnerships Gender-Based Violence: A Threat to Peace Reducing and Eliminating Gender-Based Violence… • What does a global, inclusive, and strategic partnership look like? • Who’s in this partnership? • How can we all find our role?
  8. 8. Building Strategic Partnerships Gender-Based Violence: A Threat to Peace William McInerney – Education – Engaging boys and men in multi-gender partnerships to reduce and eliminate gender-based violence Rozy Rani Sarmah – Criminal Justice – Working with the police to support survivors and hold perpetrators accountable Kathy Doherty – Community Engagement – Developing an integrated network of systems that provide effective treatment, prevention, and advocacy initiatives to eliminate gender-based violence Erin Thomas – Global Systems Change – Partnering with governments and civil society to bring forward a treaty to ban violence against women
  9. 9. Gender-Based Violence: A Threat to Peace William McInerney: University of Bradford 2016
  10. 10. Section Break or statement Engaging Boys and Men…?
  11. 11. 1. Men are the primary perpetrators 2. Rigid gender roles and dominant masculine social norms drive gender-based violence 3. Men can and should play a positive role Engaging Boys and Men…? Gender-Based Violence: A Threat to Peace
  12. 12. A PAGE FOR BIG BOLDBULLET ITEMSEngaging Boys and Men…? Gender-Based Violence: A Threat to Peace
  13. 13. Look Within: Get your own house in order • Don’t use violence • Educate yourself • Think critically about your own gender • Cultivate respectful and peaceful relationships • Listen to women and follow their leadership Engaging Boys and Men…? Gender-Based Violence: A Threat to Peace
  14. 14. A PAGE FOR BIG BOLDBULLET ITEMS Interrupt The Silence: Be an active bystander • Challenge violent and sexist jokes, statements, and norms • Intervene in violent incidents • Support victims and survivors • Be a peaceful and feminist role model • Join the movement! Engaging Boys and Men…? Gender-Based Violence: A Threat to Peace
  15. 15. “There has never, ever, in the eight- thousand-year history of our male- dominated world, been a moment quite like this. You and I are living it. The gender equality revolution.” Michael Kaufman (2019)
  16. 16. Gender-Based Violence: A Threat to Peace Rozy Rani Sarmah – Chulalongkorn University 2015
  17. 17. Gender-Based Violence: A Threat to Peace Rozy Rani Sarmah – Embedded Video TBA
  18. 18. Gender-Based Violence: A Threat to Peace Kathy Doherty – Chulalongkorn University 2018
  19. 19. ขอบคุณค่ะ - khob khun kha!
  20. 20. Community Engagement Gender-Based Violence: A Threat To Peace 2014 Kenya Demographic & Household Survey • 47% of women ages 15-49 experienced physical/sexual violence • Girls below 11 years accounted for 24% of GBV survivors • 39% of married women ages 15-49 experienced spousal physical/sexual violence • Kenya has one of the highest child marriage prevalence in the world, estimated to be 25 to 30% • Prevalence of Female Genital Cutting is 21%
  21. 21. Community Engagement Gender-Based Violence: A Threat To Peace Kenyan GBV Initiatives • Laws criminalizing every form of GBV • Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Commission • Commission on National Gender and Equality • Police “Gender Desks” • Nairobi Women’s Hospital/ Gender Violence Recovery Unit
  22. 22. Community Engagement Gender-Based Violence: A Threat To Peace Kenyan Government reports GBV is on the rise • Lack of strong prevention interventions • Weak protection for survivors • Evasive prosecution • Uncoordinated response
  23. 23. Community Engagement Gender-Based Violence: A Threat To Peace Cabinet Secretary for Health, Sicily Karuiki - GBV is due to: • Weak investigative processes • Harmful cultural practices and norms • A society that normalizes gender-based violence
  24. 24. Community Engagement Gender-Based Violence: A Threat To Peace 5P GoK-UN GBV Programme will focus on: • Prevention • Protection • Prosecution • Programming • Partnership
  25. 25. Community Engagement Gender-Based Violence: A Threat To Peace The set of laws and acts prohibiting GBV is only useful if society is active in enforcing them.
  26. 26. Community Engagement Gender-Based Violence: A Threat To Peace There is one reason that GBV continues to afflict the world – SILENCE! Sicily Karuiki
  27. 27. Community Engagement Gender-Based Violence: A Threat To Peace It will take all of us to get the work done! • Make public spaces safer • Be each other’s keepers • Speak up & step up when we witness sexual, physical or verbal abuse
  28. 28. Community Engagement Gender-Based Violence: A Threat To Peace What have you done today?
  29. 29. Gender-Based Violence: A Threat to Peace Erin Thomas – Universidad del Salvador 2004
  30. 30. Gender Based Violence …is a threat to peace Violence against women and girls is solvable. Treaties change global norms. The safety of women should be as central to the discussion of world security as power, democracy, religion, culture, resources and economic growth.
  31. 31. A PAGE FOR BIG BOLDBULLET ITEMS I stand for a life free from all forms of violence for every woman and girl, everywhere. I hereby join the call for a Global Treaty to Eradicate Violence Against Women and Girls. The People’s Call to Nations
  32. 32. Parties to the present: Resolve that the adoption of a global treaty will strengthen the protection of girls and women by ensuring successful implementation of laws, policies, and measures by state parties to eradicate violence against girls and women: ARTICLE 1: All national parties shall enact or enhance comprehensive national reform: 1. Reform laws to eradicate violence against women and girls. 2. Implement interventions through health, justice, and security professionals who serve survivors, such as judges, police, doctors, and nurses. 3. Provide services to survivors of violence. 4. Enact prevention education campaigns. ARTICLE 2: Establish a global implementation fund to finance interventions specified in Article 1, through governments and/or international and local nongovernmental organizations. The People’s Call to Nations
  33. 33. A PAGE FOR BIG BOLDBULLET ITEMS By signing: I urge nations to adopt the Treaty, mandating that governments and citizens alike undertake the work required to end this pandemic of violence against women and girls. The People’s Call to Nations
  34. 34. Questions? Will McInerney will.mcinerney@gmail.com Rozyrani Sarmah rozyranisarmah@gmail.com Erin Thomas erin@everywoman.org Kathy Doherty crkd1@hotmail.com
  35. 35. This presentation and others from throughout the convention are available through the convention mobile app and on SlideShare at www.SlideShare.net/Rotary_International.
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  37. 37. THANK YOU!
  38. 38. SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION Deutsche - (channel number) Français - (channel number)
  • Drisang

    Jul. 3, 2019

The primary challenge facing the twenty-first century is to eliminate violence against women. At minimum, 1 in 3 women face violence that suppresses their political and civic participation. Until it is confronted, we will not be able to tackle peace holistically or sustainably, and our development dollars are not being used effectively. Like polio, Rotarians are key to meeting this challenge!

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