Combating Gender-Based Violence
Violence against women and children remains one of the most fundamental obstacles to the achievement of women’s full human rights worldwide. There are multiple types of violence: physical, psychological and sexual, that affect women and children 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 this ugly phenomena, the violence persists, and in some cases even increases. One of the persistent difficulties in implementing effective policies to combat violence against women and children is the lack of understanding about the underlying causes of this violence, rooted in persistent gender inequalities and in social constructions of masculinities and femininities, which act to normalize and reproduce relations of violence between the sexes. Policies, which are not based on this comprehension of the nature of violence against women and children and its causes, cannot tackle the underlying social structures and constructions that lead to violence. This program will allow participants to learn from the best practices in the areas of service provision, intervention, and policy. The course content will also relate to new crisis assessments and prevention approaches.