Asian Perspectives: Evidence-based Approaches to Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

Event: June 21, 2016, Washington, DC

Global statistics indicate pandemic rates of violence against women and girls. Worldwide, approximately one in three women has experienced either physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner, or sexual violence by a non-partner. An expanding evidence base on violence against women and girls has shed light on how violence is experienced across the life cycle, and how the prevalence and characteristics of violence vary within and between countries. Research on the risk and protective factors of victimization and perpetration, as well as efforts to identify what works to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, are reshaping how experts think about solving this seemingly intractable problem.

We now know that without tackling the social norms that underpin gender inequality, high rates of violence against women and girls will persist. Furthermore, regional studies show how childhood exposure to violence, low levels of education, and alcohol abuse can be associated with violence against women and girls, and suggest new approaches for preventing violence before it begins. The Asia Foundation has been leading efforts to end violence against women and girls across the Asia-Pacific region for well over twenty years.

On June 21, the Foundation held a public panel discussion on Evidence-based Approaches to Ending Violence against Women and Girls that highlighted recent research and programmatic findings in the areas of prevention and response to violence against women and girls in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Timor-Leste.

Featuring Asia Foundation Experts:
Junayed Jamal Mir, Election Working Group Program Manager, Bangladesh
Sambath My, Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Program Advisor, Cambodia
Xian Warner, Ending Violence Against Women Prevention Coordinator, Timor-Leste

Disha Zaidi, Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant, Independent Evaluation Group, The World Bank

Introductory Remarks:
Barbara Rodriguez, Assistant Director, Women’s Empowerment Program, The Asia Foundation

Watch the panel video below:

Related locations: Washington DC
Related programs: Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality
Related topics: Gender-Based Violence

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