Masimanyane signs MOU with Norwegian ombud

Masimanyane Executive Director Dr Lesley Ann Foster has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Norwegian ombud for Gender Equality and Anti-Discrimination in Bangkok, strengthening ties between the two organisations and pledging closer cooperation in addressing gender-based violence against women (GBVAW).

Dr Foster and Deputy Director Christopher Harper are in Thailand to attend a strategic consultation meeting on developing a global response on combating violence against women.

The meeting is being convened by the International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific, which Dr Foster also chairs. It has drawn delegates from over 20 high-level GBVAW organisations from around the world, including the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Dubravka Šimonović, participating via video link.

The two-day gathering will map the structural challenges and overall patterns of discrimination that exacerbate the incidence of GBVAW and perpetuates impunity, as well as looking at the social, economic, political and cultural factors to contribute to GBVAW globally, Dr Foster said.

“We will also very specifically look at new, emerging forms of violence, as well as the marginalisation of specific groups of women and the challenges they face.”

Discussions will be structured into five sessions: • Mapping Current Context on Gender-based Violence against Women; • Mapping Domestic, Regional and International Responses to GBVAW; • Gaps in Responses to GBVAW; • Options to address the challenges and gaps in responding to GBVAW; and • Developing Strategies on addressing GBVAW in the medium term.

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