By Elisabeth Storor, ANU Woroni
The evening of August 4 saw staff, students of the ANU, members of the general public and governmental bodies convene on campus to hear Tania Farha speak on UN women’s program to end violence against women. In her engaging and thought-provoking lecture organised by the ANU Gender Institute, in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Tania related to audiences the achievements UN Women faces in their efforts to eradicate violence against women and girls across the world. Indeed, Farha pointed out that UN Women is a body unique in comparison to others because of its outreach in both developed and developing countries. Given that 1 in 3 women over the age of 15 experience violence during their lifetime, a rate which has increased since 1995, the need for awareness and action is more pressing than ever. Farha highlighted the gap between the creation of programs to address the issue and the ineffectiveness of attempts to implement them. To address this situation, UN Women continue their campaign to promote accountability, increase availability of services and increase develop a global knowledge base. The lecture was followed by drinks and refreshments, which provided an excellent end to the evening with the chances for the audience to mingle with Farha and other notable attendees.
The slide presentation from Tania's lecture, and an infographic about ending violence against women and girls, is available for download below.