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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Global Gender-Based Violence Threat

Date: 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 2:30pm
Location: 
Room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building

Announcement

All around the world, women and girls are vulnerable to rape and other forms of physical and sexual violence - crimes collectively referred to as gender-based violence (GBV). According to the World Health Organization, 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced some form of GBV, with rates exceeding 70 percent in some countries. Such violence can significantly affect the ability of women and girls to participate in political, economic, and peace and security initiatives. Additionally, GBV exacts a tremendous human toll on nations and has implications for global diplomatic and humanitarian efforts around the world.

This hearing will explore the range of threats that women and girls face around the world. It will also examine the extent to which U.S. development and humanitarian assistance programs address the specific needs of GBV survivors in emergency, post–emergency, and development environments. This hearing will draw on the instructive experience of organizations working to combat GBV in India, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Haiti.

If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or tlhrc@mail.house.gov.

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, Co-Chair TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf, Co-Chair TLHRC

Witnesses

Panel I

  • Catherine Russell, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, Department of State
  • Carla Koppell, Chief Strategy Officer, USAID (Former Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment)

Panel II

  • Francisca Vigaud-Walsh, Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer, Women's Protection and Empowerment Unit, International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • Ravi Kant, President of the Board of Directors, Shakti Vahini, New Delhi, India
  • Cristina Finch, Managing Director, Women's Human Rights Program, Amnesty International USA
  • Guerda Constant, Executive Director of Fondasyon Limyè Lavi, Haiti

Carla Koppell: The Global Gender-Based Violence Threat [PDF] 
Francisca Vigaud-Walsh: The Global Gender-Based Violence Threat [PDF] 
Ravi Kant: The Global Gender-Based Violence Threat [PDF] 
Cristina Finch : The Global Gender-Based Violence Threat [PDF]
Guerda Constant: The Global Gender-Based Violence Threat [PDF] 
Esta Soler : The Global Gender-Based Violence Threat [PDF] 
Wang Chunying: The Global Gender-Based Violence Threat [PDF]
Ma Chummei: The Global Gender-Based Violence Threat [PDF] 

Transcript

Transcript [PDF] 

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