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Webinar 'Violence Against Women: From Assessment to Action'

2020-11-27

The series of webinars 'Women in Movement' concluded with a session dedicated to 'violence against women: from assessment to action'. The event was jointly organised by the Institut des Amériques, the Agence Française de Développement, the Ministère de l'Europe et des affaires étrangères and the EU-LAC Foundation, and was moderated by Anne-Claire Sanz-Gavillon, professor of Hispanic Studies at the Université de Rouen Normandie. Among the speakers were Mônica Tereza Benício, human rights and LGBTI+ activist, Priscila González Badilla, member of the national coordination of the Chilean Network against Violence towards Women and public administrator at the University of Chile, Frédérique Martz, director general and co-founder of Women Safe and Patricia Mohammed, professor emeritus in Gender Studies at the University of West Indies (UWI) (Trinidad and Tobago).

The panelists presented an overview of gender-based violence in Brazil, Chile, France and Trinidad and Tobago as well as the diverse and creative feminist activism in their countries to address systemic and multidimensional violence and the disturbing numbers of femicides. They stressed the importance of the role of the state and of political will to combat gender-based violence and called for transnational sisterhood.