Gender-Based Violence in Asia: Prevalence, Protection, and Perspectives from the Field

Event: Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Washington, DC

3:30 – 5:00 PM
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

Globally, women experience gender-based violence at pandemic rates. About one in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, mostly by an intimate partner. Despite variation between and within countries, rates of violence against women and girls are staggering across all settings and affect women of all socio-economic backgrounds. Asia is no exception. According to UNFPA, the proportion of women in Asia who have reported experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the past 12 months ranges from 4 percent in Japan to 46 percent in Afghanistan and Timor-Leste. Economic violence, emotional abuse, and sexual harassment are also endemic, with significant costs to women who experience this violence and to society at large. These, however, are often left out of data collection efforts as well as legal protections. Compounding this problem is the limited understanding of how gender-based violence against women intersects with other forms of violence, particularly in conflict-affected settings, and the implications this has on efforts to accurately measure prevalence and advance effective prevention and response measures.

Join experts from The Asia Foundation and the World Bank as they discuss these issues and share findings from new studies on The State of Conflict and Violence in Asia and Global and Regional Trends in Women’s Legal Protection Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment.

Adrian Morel, Acting Regional Director, Conflict and Development, The Asia Foundation
Sofia Shakil, Pakistan Country Representative, The Asia Foundation
Paula Tavares, Private Sector Development Specialist, Women, Business and the Law, The World Bank Group

Barbara Rodriguez, Associate Director, Women’s Empowerment Program, The Asia Foundation

To RSVP for this event, please contact us at [email protected] or call 202-588-9420.

Related locations: Washington DC
Related programs: Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality

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