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The Violence Against Women Issue  
Winter 2003 Issue # 3

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Violence and Culture
According the GDI's research associate Penninah Ogada, violence against women is so universal it knows no cultural, class, educational, regional, political, racial or economic boundaries. From the United States to India, Australia, South America, Europe and Africa, incidents of violence against women occur all the time in different forms. Yet in many developing countries culture is blamed and proponents would have us believe that culture is static and mean towards women, or is it? For more on her perspective, click here.


Inter-American Forum on Education and Violence
Practitioners and researchers from 10 countries gathered at the University of Costa Rica to explore perspectives and approaches to gender-based violence. Co-sponsored by the Gender & Diversities Institute and the Center for Research in Women's Studies at the university, this session brought together those who often do not have the opportunity to participate in international conferences and created bridges for new dialogue. To learn more, click here.

Gendered Violence: Examining Education's Role
Male violence against women and girls is a growing problem. This comprehensive working paper from the WEEA Equity Resource Center looks at all forms of violence as variations of a theme places education at the center of prevention efforts. By exploring the implications of gender-role socialization and the role of schools as carriers of the culture, Gendered Violence offers a framework for understanding the systemic and personal issues we must address in order to create schools and a society that affirm positive relationships rather than support violence. Click here for order information.

WEEA Projects Address Gendered Violence
Among one of the first to recognize the negative impact sexual harassment had on girls ability to learn, the Women Educational Equity Act Program funded projects to make classrooms safer for students. To read about one such project, click here for more information.

Research By Others
National Reports on the Situation of Gender Violence Against Women: National Report - Jamaica is a national study carried out by A. Harriott on the situation of gender violence against women. It shows that the homicide rate in Jamaica is four times higher than the world rate, with the city of Kingston having the highest rate in the world. Click here for more information.

Dating Violence Against Adolescent Girls Linked with Teen Pregnancy, Suicide Attempts, and Other Health Risk Behaviors is the first large-scale study to examine the association between health risks and young girls' history of violence from dating partners. Click here for more information.

Scared At School: Sexual Violence Against Girls In South African Schools documents school-based sexual violence; reviews school and state responses to sexual violence; explains the discriminatory impact on girls' education rights when the government does not respond adequately and effectively to gender-based violence; and sets forth recommendations to rectify these problems. Click here for more information.

Survey on Violence Against Women (IVAWS) is an international, comparative survey specifically designed to target men's violence against women, especially domestic violence and sexual assault. The objective of the IVAWS project is to assess the level of victimization of women in a number of countries world-wide, on a repeatable basis, and to provide novel inputs for the development of specific criminal justice approaches. Click here for more information.

Conceptualizing Private Violence Against Sexual Minorities As Gendered Violence: An International And Comparative Law Perspective speaks to the issue of sexual minorities as "gender outlaws" and overcoming international law's deference to national law and local custom. Examples of progress in piercing the public/private distinction in national and international law are given. Click here for more information.

Projects within EDC

Virtual Working Group to End Violence, a global on-line Working Group for the United Nations Development Fund for Women. The group is building a resource base of cases, successful strategies, and lessons learned about ending violence against women. Click here to learn more.

Collaborations to Address Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment: A Public-Private Initiative: this demonstration project in five communities is testing recommendations published by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. The goals are to: enhance collaboration among courts, battered women's services, and child welfare agencies; prevent further abuse of battered women and their children; hold batterers accountable; and expand community resources. Click here to learn more.

National Center for College Health and Safety assists colleges and universities in developing, implementing, and evaluating prevention policies and programs that address a broad range of health and safety issues at institutions of higher education including violence. Click here to learn more.

Reporting Campus Sexual Assaults. This study mandated by Congress assesses policies and procedures followed by colleges and universities when campus sexual assaults are reported. Click here to learn more.

Projects By Others
The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) this year through its Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women will support several new projects. Following are a few examples: The experiences of rape survivors living with HIV/AIDS in Rwanda and Burundi will be documented to raise awareness of the problems these women face, and to promote protective laws and increased financial support; a gender-sensitive media code for journalists will be developed in Bosnia and Herzegovina; teachers in Bolivia will be trained to advocate for the inclusion of domestic violence in the school curricula; a series of dramas broadcast over National Radio in Cambodia will allow audience members to discuss domestic violence and receive referrals for legal and psychological counseling. For more information about this initiative click here.

Women, War and Peace: The Independent Experts' Assessment on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Women and Women's Role in Peace-building covers many areas of concern, from the gender dimensions of violence and displacement during conflict to the role of peacekeepers and the need for women to play a central part during peace negotiations and reconstruction. Key recommendations focus on finding ways to protect and empower women. Click here for more information.

Conferences and Events

This list is a sampling of upcoming conferences. They may be helpful in developing violence prevention initiatives for women. They and others covering a wide range of topics are posted on our website. If you would like to publicize your conference on our website, please send this information to us by clicking here.


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