UPF Conference on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls

The Universal Peace Federation UK convenes its annual commemoration of “United Nations International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls” -(#EVAWG) under the 2020 global theme: "Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!" The UN System’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence activities occur from 25 November to 10 December. Video Link

Chaired by Margaret Keverian Ali – Director, UK UPF

  • Opening remarks given by:
    • Carole Stone CBE: UPF Patron 
  • Panel of speakers:
    • Baroness Sandip Verma: Former Equalities Spokesperson & Chair of UN Women UK.
    • Shaun Bailey MP: Conservative MP for West Bromwich West.
    • Marie Hanson MBE: Founder & President of Domestic Violence Charity, STORM.
    • Pamela Zaballa: Global Executive Director of NO MORE.  
    • Chris Green OBE: Founder, White Ribbon Organisation, previously member of task force in EU Council for ending EVAW.
    • Madi Sharma: Survivor! Successful Entrepreneur and Founder Madi Group.
  • Closing remarks given by Robin Marsh -  Secretary General of UPF - UK 

As the world retreats inside houses due to the lockdown measures introduced to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, reports from around the world showed an alarming increase in the already existing pandemic of violence against women. “Accompanying the crisis has been a spike in domestic violence reporting, at exactly the time that services, including rule of law, health and shelters, are being diverted to address the pandemic,” said the UN Secretary-General's report “Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19". Globally, statistics show that 1 in 3 women experienced physical or sexual violence prior to the pandemic and now it is estimated cases have increased by more than 20% during the first lockdown.

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