Division for the Advancement of Women

Department of Economic and Social Affairs

2 UN Plaza, DC-2-1250, New York, NY 10017 USA

Telephone: +1 212 963 9750 Facsimile: +1 212 963 3463

Internet location: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw


Galvanizing action to combat violence against women

Consultation on 6 - 7 September 2005, United Nations, New York


Programme of work



6 September 2005, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Conference Room 4, United Nations Headquarters


Violence against women: links with the MDGs; key issues for future action (Plenary)

Six panelists will introduce the themes, followed by comments and questions from the floor. They will highlight the challenges, as well as opportunities, for linking efforts to combat violence against women with those aimed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Examples of ‘good practice’ at the national level, including in national MDG reports, will be presented. Speakers will also raise key issues which should be addressed in the Secretary-General’s study. They will comment on new and emerging areas that require attention, challenges that prevent the effective implementation of existing standards and laws on violence against women; accountability for action against violence against women; and the responsibility of State and non-State actors. They will also give indications of areas where further research is necessary to strengthen the effectiveness of policy responses.

Participants will add examples from their own experience, either within Government, international organizations, or non-governmental organizations. Participants will also be invited to raise issues which, in their view, remain insufficiently addressed in law, policy or at the programme level, including resources required for effective work on prevention and service provision; as well as ways for responding to the inter-section of violence against women and other challenges.


Panelists will summarize main issues to be further discussed in two working groups.


Moderator:     Carolyn Hannan, Director, Division for the Advancement of Women




Sunila Abeysekera:   Executive Director of INFORM, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Charlotte Bunch:   Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership and

member of the Advisory Committee for the study, Rutgers, NJ

Nata Duvvury:   Director, Gender, Violence and Rights initiative, International Center for Research on Women, Washington D.C.

Françoise Gaspard:   Expert, CEDAW Committee, Paris, France

Binaifer Nowrojee:   Director, Open Society Initiative for East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

Sylvia Walby:   Professor, Sociology Department, Lancaster University, UK


6 September 2005, 3:00pm – 6:00pm

777 United Nations Plaza ( Church Center)


Panelists will lead two working group sessions, one focusing on the links of violence against women and the MDGs, and a second one on key issues to be included in the Secretary-General’s study. Each working group will be invited to prepare a set of recommendations to be presented to plenary on 7 September.



7 September 2005, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

777 United Nations Plaza ( Church Center) 12 th floor conference room


Panelists will present the results of the working group session. Participants will be invited to take note of these recommendations, and encouraged to share these results widely with their constituencies for use in the course of the sixtieth session of the General Assembly. The results will also serve as input for the Secretary-General’s study on violence against women.


Those interested in participating are invited (not required) to register via email with widyono@un.org.