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Universal challenges, local solutions? Connecting the dots to address violence against women

January 26, 2017 at 3:55 PM

*From the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse*

When: Monday 13 February 2017, 5.15-6.15pm.

Where: University of Otago, Wellington, Level D, 23a Mein Street, Newtown, Wellington.

Organised by University of Otago, Wellington in conjunction the 2017 Public Health Summer School

Free public lecture. More information, email:

Note: You may also be interested in enrolling in the Public Health Summer School course, Hauora Māori foundations: latest developments, which includes looking at challenges to state control over Māori children and developing the skills of people working with Māori, whānau, hapū and iw, ion 10 February 2017. Cost: $400Register now

This lecture will be presented by Marai Larasi, Executive Director of Imkaan. Imkaan is a UK-based human rights national organisation that supports Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women’s groups working to end violence against women and girls (VAWG).


Violence against women (VAWG) remains one of the most persistent and pervasive of human rights violations. At any stage of the life course, VAWG causes varying degrees of harm, vulnerability and disadvantage in a number of overlapping ways. This includes impacts on physical and mental health, damage to self esteem and confidence, isolation homelessness and reduced economic prospects. For women and girls who are minoritised within their societies these issues can be compounded by multiple, intersecting inequalities and a broader context of social exclusion and marginalisation.

This presentation will highlight the importance and challenges of situating local strategies and approaches to addressing violence against women within a global context and vice versa, exploring critical questions such as:

  • Do international mechanisms make any difference?
  • How do we strengthen State accountability around addressing violence against women?
  • What are the pitfalls of a one-size fits all universal approach?
  • How do we learn from different geographical contexts while addressing local concerns

More information about this event and the presenter.

More information about other courses at the 2017 Public Health Summer School at University of Otago, Wellington (7-24 February 2017).

Category: Lectures and Seminars