Combating Gender Based Violence

Event Details
  • June 6th, Wednesday, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Breakout Room 327
Simon (Mac) McKenzie

Simon (Mac) McKenzie

Director Bridge Institute

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Session Description

It is estimated that 71% of the 40.3 million people in modern slavery are women and girls. Women in poverty face multiple layers of difficulty in avoiding or escaping gender-based violence. They have lesser financial independence and fewer exit routes, and they often live amid longstanding social norms that at best turn a blind eye to the difficulties they face. The impact of gender-based violence women’s employment and productivity have much broader repercussions for business and development.

The breakout session on gender-based violence will examine the policy responses to these alarming trends, gender sensitive approaches implemented by the private sector and prevention and efforts to improve transparency being prioritized by various stakeholders’ businesses, investors and civil society organizations.

Key Takeaways:

  • Highlight the work being done by social investors to raise awareness on gender-based violence and supporting long-term change.
  • What are some of the key policy initiatives being championed to target gender-based violence?
  • Key challenges and opportunities for organisations to fund initiatives to combat modern slavery and gender-based violence


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