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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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All forms of violence against women must stop

Violence against women remains one of the most fundamental obstacles to the achievement of women’s full human rights worldwide. Violence against women includes multiple types of violence:  physical, psychological, sexual and economic, and affects women of all origins and social situations. Despite international, regional and national laws and conventions to prevent violence, and despite States’ commitments to punish and eventually eradicate violence against women, this violence persists, and in some cases even increases. There is a need for dialogue, in order to tackle the underlying social structures and constructions which lead to violence.

To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and to create such a place for dialogue, the Division for Gender Equality will hold a workshop, "Preventing Violence Against Women - Linking Reseach and Policy" on 24 November 2011, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Room XII at UNESCO Headquarters.

Girls' and Women's Education : The Way Forward

The conference "Girls' and Women's Education: The Way Forward" took place at UNESCO Headquarters on Thursday 27 October 2011.

The opening remarks were given by Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and the keynote address was given by Her Excellency Ms Vigdis Finnbogadóttir, Former President of Iceland and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.

The other high-level participants were Mr Sanjit “Bunker” Roy, Director of the Barefoot College; Ms Jan Eastman, Deputy General Secretary of Education International; Mr Gregory Elphinston, Director of Corporate Social Investment of Nokia Finland and Mr Steven Reissig, Director of Strategic Professional Development at GEMS Education.

The event provided and important discussion on the ways UNESCO and its partners can advance in promoting gender equality in education and move towards international targets on Education For All.

  • To watch the conference, click here
  • To read a brief summary of the conference, click here
  • To read the interview with Bunker Roy on women solar engineers trained at the Barefoot College, click here
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