Save the Date: Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls to Achieve Sustainable Development

February 23, 2016

Save the Date for GWI's session at the 2016 The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)!

Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls to Achieve Sustainable Development

Tuesday, March 15, 11:30AM-12:45PM

Ex-Press Bar - GA Building



Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a pressing development problem across low-, middle-, and high-income countries. The presence of any form of VAWG undermines the achievement of sustainable development. In September 2015, UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a set of 17 development goals.  These development goals cannot be fully realized without first addressing the pervasive, global pandemic that is VAWG, a pandemic that has no social or economic boundaries. Global, local, and cross-cutting solutions are needed to ensure that VAWG is eliminated and the full set of social, economic, and sustainable development goals can be achieved. 


This session will highlight progress, potential effective interventions, and the various challenges associated with ending VAWG across countries. Speakers will include Natasha Stott Despoja, Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls; Åsa Regnér, Swedish Minister for Gender Equality; Zohra Rasekh, former CEDAW Committee Vice Chair; and Zarizana Abdul Aziz, Director at the Due Diligence Project on State Obligation to End Violence against Women. The session will be moderated by Diana Arango, Senior Gender-Based Violence and Development Specialist at the World Bank Group, and feature closing remarks from Mary Ellsberg, Director of the Global Women’s Institute at the George Washington University.


This event is open to all UN pass-holders. For UN access to attend this event, please contact Lisa Johnson at *PLEASE NOTE seating will be first come, first served, and confirming your attendance DOES NOT guarantee a seat. Early arrival is highly suggested.