The Big Conversation: Handbook to Address Violence Against Women in and Through the Media

Authored by: Dina Deligiorgis, Manal Benkirane, Vanessa Born, Sarah Green, Fiona Vera-Gray, Kalliope Mingeirou

Categories: Human Rights
Sub-Categories: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Year: 2019
Citation: Dina Deligiorgis et al., “The Big Conversation: Handbook to Address Violence against Women in and through the Media” (New York: UN Women, 2019),

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Executive Summary

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is widely recognized as one of the most pervasive human rights violations in the world. It acts as both a cause and consequence of gender in- equality, impacting the health, safety, productivity and overall well-being of women and girls, and impeding the realization of their rights. Despite increased efforts to address it, rates of VAWG remain alarmingly high. Global data shows that one in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in her lifetime, with this figure being as high as 7 in 10 in some countries (WHO, 2013). The most significant challenge remains the persistence of attitudes, beliefs, practices and behaviours in society that perpetuate negative stereotypes, discrimination and gender inequality, as root causes of VAWG. Addressing this challenge lies at the core of prevention work.