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Seminar Series: Jennifer Solatoroff and Rohini Pande, The World Bank Group

Violence Against Women and Girls: Lessons from South Asia
When Mar 30, 2015
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
Attendees Nicole Bedera
Brooke Bocast
Amir Bulona
Marisol R. Chatruc
Feinain Chen
Milton Costen
Nicole Denmark
Mili Duggal
Ricardo Espinoza
Sike Li (Lydia)
Jonathan Jackson
Mary Jung
Joan Kahn
Theresa Kim
Sangeeth Madhavan
Ashley Munger
Joanna Pepin
Basheer Saeed
Cristian Sanchez
Liana Sayer
Shengwei Sun
Yassaman Vafai
Yeats Ye
Fatima Zahra
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About the Talk

This report documents the dynamics of violence against women in South Asia across the life cycle, from early childhood to old age. It explores the different types of violence that women may face throughout their lives, as well as the associated perpetrators (male and female), risk and protective factors for both victims and perpetrators, and interventions to address violence across all life cycle stages. The report also analyzes the societal factors that drive the primarily male - but also female - perpetrators to commit violence against women in the region. For each stage and type of violence, the report critically reviews existing research from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, supplemented by original analysis and select literature from outside the region. Policies and programs that address violence against women and girls are analyzed in order to highlight key actors and promising interventions. Finally, the report identifies critical gaps in research, program evaluations, and interventions in order to provide strategic recommendations for policy makers, civil society, and other stakeholders working to mitigate violence against women in South Asia.

About the Speakers

Jennifer Solotaroff is the team leader for this report.  She is a Senior Social Development Specialist and the Gender Coordinator for the World Bank South Asia Region, which she represents as a principal on the World Bank Gender and Development Board. During her 10 years at the Bank, she has led programs and analytical tasks related to gender inequality, labor force participation, and microenterprise in South Asian countries, with particular attention to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. She also manages AusAid and multi-donor trust funds dedicated to work on gender in the region. Her research interests include gender and labor markets, gender-based violence, and social stratification in South Asia and East Asia. She has a PhD in sociology, an MA in economics, and an MA in East Asian studies from Stanford University.

Rohini Prabha Pande has more than 20 years of research and program experience in gender and development. She is currently a senior consultant with the World Bank's South Asia gender group. Before that, she was at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and also has worked with the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, Care International and other NGOs in South Asia and West Africa on a range of gender and development concerns including education, health, empowerment and income generation. She has an MPA from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and and Sc.D in demography and reproductive health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Please note that, at the present time, Morrill Hall is not accessible for handicapped individuals.

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