UNESCO present at OECD’s High-Level Conference on Ending Violence Against Women


Worldwide, at least one out of three women report being victims of violence. This Conference, which aimed at raising the attention of policy makers to this global epidemic, featured global leaders from across sectors. UNESCO was invited to take part in it.

The High-Level Conference highlighted the challenges today in addressing intimate partner violence, what governments are doing to address this crisis, what remains to be done, and how policy makers can make ending violence against women a priority in their government. UNESCO set up a dedicated stand where participants at the event could interact with UNESCO staff and take away our two latest publications on the matter: “Reporting on Violence Against Women and Girls: A Manual for Journalists” and “The big conversation: Handbook to Address Violence against Women in and through the Media”.

Among participants at the Conference there was Angel Gurria (Secretary-General, OECD), Marlène Schiappa (Secretary of State in charge of Equality between Women and Men and Anti-Discrimination Policies, France), Jung Ok Lee (Minister of Gender Equality and Family, Republic of Korea), Hilary Pennington (Executive Vice-President, Ford Foundation), Karin Strandas (State Secretary to the Minister for Gender Equality, Sweden ) and many other distinguished ladies and gentlemen.

The Conference also discussed norms and stereotypes around men, and how governments, the private sector, philanthropy and civil society organizations can get involved to change minds, behaviours and gender power relations.

The event took place at OECD’s Headquarters in Paris, France.