Posted by: unhcragd | September 7, 2009

G-8: International Conference on Violence Against Women

From the G8 Website

From the G8 Website

The international conference on violence against women, sponsored by the Equal Opportunities Department in conjunction with the Foreign Ministry in the context of Italy’s G8 Presidency, is due to be held at the Farnesina, the seat of the Italian Foreign Ministry, in Rome on 9 and 10 September.  In the approach that the Italian G8 Presidency intends to propose to the conference, the protection and promotion of women’s rights will be the lens through which participants will explore both the causes of the violence itself and the complex social dynamics of discrimination underlying that violence.  Click here for PDF of the Conference Agenda.

The issue of violence against women will be addressed in all of its various aspects —  sexual, domestic, in the workplace, in the sphere of health, in armed conflicts and violence against young girls — with the aim of debating both its better known forms and those that tend not to make it into the limelight with quite the same frequency.

The event will open with an address from President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano at 9 a.m. on Wednesday 9 September.  This will be followed by speeches from Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, Equal Opportunities Minister Maria Rosa Carfagna, Nobel Prizewinner and Life Senator Rita Levi Montalcini, UN Deputy Secretary General Asha Rose Migiro, Mrs. Chantal Compaoré, the wife of the President of Burkina Faso, and Mrs. Manda Zand Ervin, Founder and Chair of the Alliance of Iranian Women.

UN Deputy Secretary Asha-Rose Migiro, Ministers Bibiana Aido Almagro (Spain), Maria Eagle (United Kingdom) and Helena Guergis (Canada), as well as ministers from numerous African countries, have confirmed so far that they will be attending the talks.  A delegation of Afghan women from the world of politics, culture and civil society is also due to take part in the conference.

At the end of the conference, the Italian Presidency will be putting forward a final document for submission to a G8 foreign ministers’ conference scheduled to be held in New York shortly after, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Click here for more details.


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