Media Advisory

Exploring Links between Violence Against Women and Sexual and Reproductive Health

19 February 2013
Author: UNFPA

UNITED NATIONS, New York—The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls will be the focus of this year’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The Commission, to convene in New York from 4 to 15 March, is the main global policy-making body that addresses gender equality and women’s advancement.

During CSW, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, will underscore the importance of sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights in efforts to prevent and mitigate violence against women and girls. It will also organize a number of events with partners to address these issues, including:

Tuesday, 5 March

High-Level Side Event on Sexual Violence: Forms, Consequences and Interventions
Where: Conference Room B, North Lawn Building, UN Secretariat
When: 11:30 A.M - 12:45 P.M

Participants will discuss the forms of sexual violence that are prevalent in different settings; consequences of such violence on victims and survivors; some of the promising practices that address the issue; and the kinds of obstacles and challenges faced in addressing sexual violence in various settings.

Executive Directors’ Forum on Violence against Women and Girls

Where: Conference Room: 2, North Lawn Building, UN Secretariat
When: 1:15 P.M. - 2.45 P.M.

Thursday, 7 March

High-Level Side Event on the Role of Data in Addressing and Preventing Violence against Women and Girls
Issues to be addressed include key areas that data collection systems on violence against women and girls must focus on; some promising practices in related data collection and analysis; and key obstacles and challenges faced in collecting and analyzing such data.
Where: Conference Room B, North Lawn Building, UN Secretariat
When: 11 A.M. - 12:45 P.M.

Joint Inter-agency Initiative on “Critical VAW Services” - Commitment by UN Agencies
During the event, UNFPA and UN Women will launch a global initiative on access to critical services for victims and survivors of violence.

Where: UN Secretariat (TBD)
When: 6:15 P.M. – 7:45 P.M.

Media Interviews

Journalists interested in interviewing UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, or other participants, please contact:

Mandy Kibel: Tel: +1 212 297 5293; kibel@unfpa.org
Omar Gharzeddine: Tel: +1 212 297 5028; gharzeddine@unfpa.org

 

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