Joining the Dots: International Conversations on Violence Against Women

September 27, 2021

Facilitated by our visiting Prof Purna Sen, we are running a webinar series from October – December 2021, which seeks to promote shared learning in efforts to end violence against women.

About the Series

Listening to and learning from each other in our work to end violence against women and girls is something that can often be constrained by busy lives and demanding work, Joining the dots across our work can help us to remember and learn from commonalities as well as recognising differences and complexities.  

For many reasons, work to end violence against women often becomes compartmentalised into forms (domestic violence, FGM, sexual harassment, stalking …) or contexts (conflict, ‘peace time’ the home, university, workplace, ‘development’…).  Financial support can be dependent on matching our work to funders’ shifting priorities, rather than what survivors themselves might be seeking. 

This series of international webinar conversations on ending violence against women and girls will seek to explore or perhaps complicate our connections. Commonalities we all know include reluctance or refusal to listen to survivors, which includes gaslighting, defamation laws and the de-humanisation of categories of women whose lives matter little. We also know about the protection of abusers – those careers or reputations are deemed to be of more worth than the wellbeing, freedom and safety of those abused.   

These six webinars will bring small groups of activists and practitioners together to share their work and connect with others. Bookended by an introductory and reflective closing session, the series will focus on such themes as: Silencing vs Listening; Protection of Abusers; Cyberspace and New Technology; Re-reckoning ubiquity: MeToo and Sexual Harassment.   


Webinar 1: Fault lines and Commonalities, 7th October 6-7pm (uk)

Setting up the series, with Purna Sen, Cynthia Enloe (U.S) and Vrinda Grover (India). Watch the Recording here.

Webinar 2: Silencing Vs Listening, 13th October 10-11.30am (uk)

What does it take to be listened to, to be heard when history has rendered you silenced by others?  

Learning from: Ashif Shaikh – working with domestic workers in India, organiser of the Dignity March;

Sibs Mthembu, organiser of the Total Shut Down in South Africa;

June Oscar Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Australia. Watch the recording here.

Webinar 3: Protecting Abusers, Thurs 21st October, 14.00-15.30pm (uk)

There are so many ways in which those who harm, those who abuse can rely on systems, rules and distractions that value them above those harmed and that allow (and support)  them to escape accountability. 

Learning from:

Priyanka Chirimar (Singapore) – Action against prohibited conduct – on diplomatic immunity; Mickey Meiji (South Africa) – protection of buyers in the sex industry; Beatrice Lindstrom (USA re Haiti)– failure of accountability for sexual exploitation by peacekeepers/humanitarian workers; Indai Sajor – Asian Centre for Women’s Human Rights (Philippines) – how abusers of military sexual slaves / ‘comfort” women escaped scrutiny for so long, role of the Tribunal organsied by the campaign. Watch the recording here

Webinar 4: Cyberspace and New Technology, Friday 5th November 12-1.30pm (uk).

Dangers and possibilities: what if anything is to be done about harassment online and what are our rights in cyberspace? Is there potential for safe and supportive connections between women? Watch the recording here.

Learning from: Nighat Dad, Digital Rights Foundation (Pakistan); online harassment, rights; Nabila Nasir (Malaysia) – Nanshe App (connecting survivors).

Webinar 5: MeToo – global connections and a movement against sexual harassment, Tuesday 16th November 3.30pm(uk) Watch the recording here.

Did MeToo matter? How did /does it connect us and (what) have we gained through the movement?  

Learning form: Anni Hirvela (Brussels) – #MeToo European Parliament; Anna Arganashvili (Georgia) – MeToo activist, Virginia Ossana from Women Enabled International and Ronelle King founder and director of Life in Leggings, Caribbean Alliance Against Gender Based Violence.

Webinar 6: Review and Reflections, Monday 22nd November at 2pm (uk)

Pulling our discussions together, this session closes the series with the same panelists who opened it: Cynthia Enloe (USA) and Vrinda Grover (India).

Please join us for these webinars – together we seek to promote shared learning in efforts to end violence against women.

The webinars will be recorded and made available on this site.

Dates for sessions and registrations details will be announced here and across twitter @profLizKelly, @cwasulonmet @purna_Sen