Date of Meeting: 14 March 2018

Meeting Organizer: African Views

ISJC Staff Present: Dr Laurelle Smith

Reporter: Dr Laurelle Smith

Which SDG does this topic cover? 5

Type of meeting: CSW Parallel Event

Brief summary of presentation of information made

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a landmark piece of legislation that sought to improve criminal justice and community-based responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in the United States.

There is a call to all nations to implement an anti-violence against women act and to provide and adopt a comprehensive plan to combat violence against women

There was a call for women to work together with their governments.

Women from around the world, including experts on the issue, shared stories from their home countries, and discussed the issues that are contributing to violence against rural women. The issues included access to education, access to personal hygiene products, forced and child marriages, genital mutilation and partner abuse.

Women were encouraged to speak out when they experience abuse, and not be afraid of gossip or social ostracism. 


What was of particular significance to share with The Salvation Army globally?

As The Salvation Army is present in many rural communities it is already aware of many of the challenges women face. Corps and centres have the ability to provide safe spaces for conversations about abuse and violence to take place and to provide help and support for those women who are experiencing abuse. The Salvation Army may also be able to find ways to work with local authorities and governments to stand up against violence towards women.


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Tags: United Nations, SDG5: Gender Equality