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Policy panel event: Violence against women and women’s economic inequality

Hosted in partnership with AWID and FEMNET

Join ActionAid, AWID and FEMNET at our panel event at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) in New York, launching ActionAid’s latest report ‘Double jeopardy: Violence against women and economic inequality’.

Date: Wednesday 15th March 2017
Time: 8:30 — 9:50 am
Venue: Hardin room, Church Centre for the United Nations, New York

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Our new report

Our latest report ‘Double jeopardy: Violence against women and economic inequality’ draws on research from Uganda, Cambodia, India and Brazil. This report highlights the way that women and girls are oppressed and exploited – including for economic gain – through the patriarchal structures and systems that permeate the modern global economy. 

The report shows how the violence and economic exploitation women and girls face in society are intrinsically linked as a perpetual reinforcing cycle. This situation has not come about by accident, but is a product of conscious policy choices to advance favoured economic development strategies. 

Our panel of speakers will draw from the report and their professional and personal experiences to highlight how dominant global macroeconomic structures exploit and perpetuate women’s economic inequality and increase women’s exposure to violence. They will also discuss key strategies and opportunities for ending VAWG and transforming our economies so they work for women and girls.




  • Ana Inés Abelenda – Economic Justice Coordinator, AWID
  • Baishali Chatterjee – International Project Manager, ActionAid International
  • Christina Kwangwari, International Project Manager: Promoting Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment and Rights (POWER), ActionAid International
  • Dinah Musindarwezo – Director, FEMNET 
  • Erin Kenny – Gender-based Violence Specialist, UNFPA 
  • Professor Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat – Professor of Political Science, University of Connecticut

How living with the threat of violence limits women’s access to opportunities

Scarlett, 18, lives with her parents in Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Pemambuci state, Brazil. Over the last four years Scarlett’s mother has grown increasingly worried about her safety, since large numbers of male workers have moved to Cabo for construction work. “We have seen a big increase in crime and drug use,” she said.

Scarlett now studies a Work Safety course in a neighbouring city, travelling by bus ever day. Her route home from the bus stop has weak lighting and there are few people around. She usually arrives home from class at 6pm but if she is delayed her male cousin comes to pick her up and make sure she gets home safely. 

Maria Madalena Barbosa and her daughter Scarlett Rayssa, Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Brazil

Magdalena (left) and her daughter, Scarlett (right), in their home in Cabo, Brazil. Increasing violence in the area means Scarlett’s safety is a constant worry, and is holding her back in her education.

Photo: Danielle Peck/ActionAid

As part of her course Scarlett was offered an internship, but this would have required her to adjust her studies to evening classes. Faced with the prospect of travelling home from class after dark when there is an increased risk of violence, she turned down the opportunity, despite the fact that this will delay her graduation from the course.

Scarlett explains:

This is not good for me. The course I’m doing requires me to have 600 hours of internship experience to graduate and I can not do that while I am studying. I’ll have to wait to finish the course to start an internship, which will delay my professional qualification.

Join us on 15th March to learn how we can transform our economies so they don’t hold girls like Scarlett back from achieving their right to economic independence.

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Page updated 9 March 2017