20 Nov 2014
James Lang, Regional Advisor for Gender-based Violence, Bangkok
Everyone has a role to play in ending GBV, but with so many actors involved, we need better coordination and communications. Photo credit: UNDP/Pakistan
An average of 1 in 3 women across the world suffer from violence at the hands of a partner, in their lifetime. Gender-based violence (GBV) disproportionately affects lower and middle income countries, poorer regions within these countries, and in particular vulnerable groups that include migrants, sex workers, and people living with HIV or disabilities.
Earlier this year, I took up the role of UNDP Regional Advisor on GBV in Asia and the Pacific. Since then, I have had numerous conversations that more or less follow the same pattern: “I cannot believe we still have such high rates of violence around the world, but it all seems so complicated and deep rooted in our societies. What can we actually do to reduce this violence?”
Recently, I contributed to the Lancet Series on Violence against Women and Girls. This project gave me the opportunity to discuss challenges in the field and exchange ideas for ways forward with some of the world’s most renowned experts on violence against women. It also gave me time to think about an answer to this question: What can we do to reduce gender-based violence?
The resulting five papers in the series present the evidence of which methods …