In early 2020, the International Presentation Association identified the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children as its UN specific Advocacy Focus. The focus emerged from the IPA Priority Action Women and Children, intersecting with IPA’s Priority Actions to honour and advance the rights of Indigenous and Tribal People and the rights of the Earth as well as linking the UN Advocacy Focus with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
As part of our commitment to work toward collaboration and partnership building, we are in conversation with the Red Dot Foundation Global (RDFG). Red Dot’s flagship programme is Safecity, a platform that collates personal stories of harassment and abuse in public and private spaces. This programme corresponds well with our IPA UN Advocacy Focus, Elimination of Violence against Women and Children.
This detailed research study into the practices used to address gender stereotypes was launched in January 2023.
“This second IPA research publication places a focus on policy responses addressing domestic violence and gender stereotypes by the governments and NGOs in India, United States and Zimbabwe. The research explores synergies and collaboration between governments and civil society organisations. It is most essential to identify existing or potential partnerships between governments and NGOs.”
~ Ann Marie Quinn PBVM and Dr Despoina Afroditi Milaki, Nov 2022
The International Presentation Association launched this research on gender stereotypes and domestic violence in India, the United States and Zimbabwe in May 2022.
“While many advances for women have been achieved, progress in transforming gender stereotypes and strengthening women’s rights has not gone far or fast enough. We need to do more, collectively and worldwide, to prioritize dismantling gender norms and addressing violence against women in order to meet the promise of gender equality.” ~ Ann Marie Quinn PBVM and Dr Despoina Afroditi Milaki, April 2022
The International Presentation Association developed this Advocacy Toolkit which provides information and tools. It is a helpful resource to be used in your work on the elimination of violence against women and children.
This work includes primary responding to violence, advocating for eradicating violence, and preventing violence before it even occurs. The information and activities recommended can be used on their own or together as a step-by-step guide to any project design.
Violence against women and children is a serious human rights violation that occurs at alarming rates worldwide. Available data indicate that women’s and children’s experience of violence is widespread and takes different forms. The COVID-19 pandemic and the confined living conditions of lockdown, with severe health, economic and social impacts, have amplified existing inequalities and have worsened the existing crisis of violence against women and children worldwide. The empowerment of women and children is essential in eliminating gender-based violence. Members of the International Presentation Association (IPA) are leaders in their missions and professions, working in partnerships with women, children and their communities to educate and empower them with skills in all aspects.
One of the most important ways to address violence against women and children is by providing the survivors who have experienced violence with immediate access to quality services. Such response services must be based upon survivors’ needs and safety. Certain examples of quality and support services include:
There are many ways of describing and conducting advocacy. Advocacy represents a set of strategic actions that will influence the decisions, practices and policies of others. In order to eliminate violence against women and children in the long term, it is essential to advocate for policy development and legislative change.
What do we mean by advocacy in the context of the IPA’s UN priority action for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children? One simple, overarching definition could be that advocacy is the deliberate process, based on demonstrated evidence, to directly and indirectly influence decision makers, stakeholders and relevant audiences to support and implement actions that eliminate violence against women and children, and achieve gender equality.
Preventing violence against women and children from occurring before it even starts is the most difficult way to stop gender-based violence, yet the most effective one towards eliminating violence against women and children completely. Transforming gender stereotypes and social norms, addressing the structural causes associated with violence in any society is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do for a long-term development and stability.
Violence against women and children remains pervasive across the world, despite the significant efforts that have been made to respond to gender-based violence and advocate for its elimination in all its forms. A total elimination though can only be achieved through prevention. Successful prevention requires:
Considering and assessing the context (current laws, policies and practices addressing gender-based violence) in which prevention strategies are to be implemented is an essential aspect of the planning process. Preventing violence against women and children before it occurs is fundamental to ensuring that women and children are truly able to live a life free from violence.
Launch of ‘Making the Uncomfortable Conversation Comfortable: Gender Stereotypes and Domestic Violence in India, United States and Zimbabwe’
Recorded 25 May 2022
Panelists included: Ann Marie Quinn PBVM, IPA; Ella Rayment, IPA; Anshu, Domestic Violence Survivor, India; Elsa Marie D’Silva, Red Dot Foundation, India; Annatollia Muzata, IPA, Zimbabwe; Merredith, Domestic Violence Survivor, United States (video); Sujata Warrier, Battered Women’s Justice Project; Tinotenda Ratidzo Chihera, Domestic Violence Advocate; Joy Peterson PBVM, IPA; Dr. Despoina Afroditi Milaki, NGO Representative at the UN, IPA
Building Stronger Together…towards Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children.
Recorded November 23, 2021
An IPA Webinar in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Nov 25).
This was an online gathering of sharing IPA experiences and stories, galvanizing efforts, inspiring action and building forward together to advance the elimination of violence against women and children. IPA Sisters and Presentation People from all around the world joined in this inspiring and informative online event.
Transforming Gender Stereotypes: Making the Uncomfortable Conversation Comfortable
Recorded live at CSW 65, 16 March 2021
Co-Sponsors: Republic of the Philippines, Permanent Mission of Portugal To the United Nation, Company of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Council, International Association of Charities, Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, Inc., The red dot foundation, School Sisters of Notre Dame, Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd – Justice Peace, UNANIMA International.
Towards 2030: Grassroots Experiences with Inequalities
A recording of the launch of the report which took place on March 1, 2021
Empowered in Advocating for the Elimination of Violence Against Women & Children recorded November 24, 2020.
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