The OECD Ministers and other global leaders will meet in Paris on 5-6 February 2020 to discuss how to prevent, address, and eradicate violence against women.
Violence against women remains a global pandemic. Worldwide, more than one out of three women have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
The opening plenary will include Ministers from two OECD countries and one emerging economy to discuss the urgent need to end VAW in their countries, the key challenges in this struggle, and relevant policy measures that have been introduced – and to what effect. The opening panel will also include 1-2 CEOs, leaders of high-level foundations, and/or women’s civil society organisations working with governments to end VAW.
OECD Ministers increasingly recognize that violence against women is a crisis in their countries. The OECD Gender Equality Questionnaire illustrated that governments prioritise this issue as a crucial front in the battle for gender equality: 21 of the 37 governments adhering to the OECD Gender Recommendation listed violence against women as one of the three most urgent gender equality issues in their country.
And the OECD Public Governance Committee has called on the OECD to support countries in providing an integrated, cross-Ministerial and state-wide response towards violence against women through its Gender Mainstreaming Strategy and Action Plan.