Delegation of the European Union to Russia

Conference "Gender Violence and Best Practices for Prevention and Overcoming" (20-21 September, Moscow)

Moscow , 10/09/2018 - 15:32, UNIQUE ID: 180910_5
Invitations for the press

The EU Delegation to Russia invites to the conference "Gender Violence and Best Practices for Prevention and Overcoming", which will take place at two locations on 20-21 September in Moscow.

Participants will discuss how can gender-based violence which is one of the most widespread violations of human rights in the world today be prevented, how can victims of violence be helped and how can one work with the aggressors and what means of preventing gender-based violence exist in Russia and the EU?

According to the UN Secretary-General 2018 report, 20% of adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 from 56 countries in the world experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a partner. Globally in 2017 an estimated 21% of women between 20 and 24 years of age reported that they were married or in an informal union before age 18. This means that an estimated 650 million girls and women today were married in childhood. Another disturbing indictor from the UN Secretary-General 2017 report - 19% of women in 87 countries of the world had been physically and / or sexually abused by a partner. In 2012, almost half of all female victims of intentional homicide worldwide were killed by a partner or family member, while the corresponding proportion of men was 6%.

The conference will open on 20 September at 19.00 in Inliberty Rassvet (Stolyarny per., 3-1) with a screening of the film titled "Girl rising", which tells personal stories of nine girls from nine different countries. This movie is a mix of a documentary and a drama which shows how education helped the main characters cope with poverty and harsh life circumstances.

The conference will continue on September 21, on the premises of the Impact Hub (Khokhlovskiy lane, 7-9 building 2, entrance №3) with two workshops: "Best Practices of Psychological Assistance for Victims of Gender Violence" and "Best Practices of Working with Aggressors".

Inna Ayrapetyan, “Sintem” social and psychological center, Chechnya (Russia), Nadezhda Zamotayeva, “Sisters” Relief Center for Sexual Abuse (Russia), Oria Gargano, “Befree Organization against violence and discrimination (Italy)”, Brigitte Broux, director of the “SOS Femmes 93” (France) will talk about ways to help victims of violence and the psychological work with victims and their families.

At the workshop "Best Practices of Working with Aggressors" Svetlana Anokhina, "Fathers and Daughters", Dagestan, (Russia,), Andrey Kolpakov, M21, Consulting center “Alternative for Violence” (Russia), and Olga Klauber, psychotherapist (Sweden), are going to talk about their work with men, the correctional programs available, prevention of gender violence, and the role of the media in dealing with topics of masculinity and aggression.

Entrance to the discussions is by invitation only.

The Impact Hub Moscow will the same day also host a public discussion "Gender Violence: Prevention and Overcoming" with Anna Rivina, Director of the Centre for Violence Prevention Nasiliu.Net (Stop.Violence) (Russia), Elena Triffonova, from the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation (Bulgaria), and Natalya Khodyreva from the Women club in St. Petersburg (Russia). They will address the issues of gender-based violence risk groups and what puts these demographic groups into particular danger, which factors contribute to the growth of violence in society, and what assistance is provided to the victims of violence by the state and NGOs.

The entrance to the film screening and the discussion "Gender Violence: Prevention and Overcoming" is free, but we kindly ask you to register in advance:

20 September, 19.00, Inliberty Rassvet, "Girl rising" movie

21 September, 18.00, Impact Hub Moscow, discussion "Gender Violence: Prevention and Overcoming" 

The conference is organized by the EU Delegation to Russia.

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