Addressing Gender-Based Violence at the Local Level

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08:00 pm





Gender-based violence (GBV) has surged since the COVID-19 pandemic began. When stay-at-home orders were enforced earlier this year, it was to better protect ourselves and our families from contracting and spreading COVID-19. But these mandates also trapped millions of girls and women at home with their abusers, resulting in an alarming surge of GBV, including here in the U.S.

In this program, a United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) Sarah Craven will provide opening remarks on the state of GBV worldwide and how the agency is continuing to provide critical support for girls and women during the pandemic. Participants will then break out into smaller groups, led by facilitators from national organizations that work on GBV issues, to discuss how they can take action to put an end to GBV in their communities. Participants will also have the opportunity send a message to their elected officials, asking them to support and restore critical U.S. funding to UNFPA.

*Sponsored by UNA Women, this program will recognize 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which runs from November 25 – December 10.

***Earlier this fall, UNA-USA Executive Director Rachel Bowen Pittman moderated a panel discussion with UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, Representative Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania’s 6th District and UNFPA’s Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem to call attention to the surge of gender-based violence. Watch the discussion.


Featured Speakers:

Sarah Craven; Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Washington, D.C.

A policy advocate and attorney with experience in global health and human rights, Sarah Craven currently serves as the Director of the Washington Office of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. In this role, Ms. Craven advocates for UNFPA’s mandate which envisions a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person can live to their full potential.

Ms. Craven has worked on advocacy campaigns focused on empowering women and girls and ending harmful traditional practices including child marriage and female genital mutilation. Through this work, she met Kakenya Ntaiya a few weeks after Kakenya’s graduation from Randolph-Macon College and served as one of the founding board members for Kakenya’s Dream. Prior to her work at UNFPA, she held positions at the U.S. Department of State and on the legislative staff to U.S. Senators Tim Wirth of Colorado and Spark Matsunaga of Hawaii. She served as policy advisor to CEDPA during the 1994 International Conference on Population and the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China.

She holds a B.A. from Macalester College, a M.Phil from Cambridge University (UK) and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar. In 2010, she was named one of Macalester College’s Distinguished Citizens.