INTERNATIONAL NETWORK TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS
A Global Initiative to Recentre and Repoliticize the Discourse around Violence Against Women
The International Network to End Violence Against Women and Girls is a global initiative bringing together activist organisations from around the globe active in the field of violence against women to discuss common challenges, devise mutual strategies and repoliticize the discourse around violence against women (VAW). The network was conceptualised during a panel discussion at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in 2015.
Much of the work being done around violence against women is not grounded in human rights of women, and does not acknowledged that Violence Against Women is a tremendous violation of the human rights of women.
There is a global tendency to depolitize Violence Against Women activism, with a concurrent shift towards gender neutrality, where in fact this neutrality is not neutral at all, but rather ingrained in the dominant power of patriarchy.
Due to the hierarchizing of various forms of Violence Against Women, and an ‘othering’ of this violence (it is not our problem, but the problem of other communities), there is a need to re-politize the discourse, understandings and actions around violence against women activism.
While much positive work has been done and many excellent reports generated, governments around the world have been slow to take up core responsibilities in response to the recommendations in these reports. For this reason, Violence Against Women needs to be put back on the front burner and women mobilized to make women’s human rights an urgent political issue.
There is an urgent need to gather and work on national statistics to understand patterns and to work on identifying what’s happening, including rural Africa.