The Challenge

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In March 2013 The Commission On The Status of Women comprising of UN Women in cooperation with ESCAP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO produced the ‘Report of the Expert Group Meeting on Prevention of Violence against Women and Girls’.

They identified a number of challenges and recommendations for a global response to “a critical moment where international bodies, nation states and civil society can and must come together to solidify commitments to ending violence against women and girls”, and in doing so, ultimately, have “positive social and economic outcomes”.

Extract CSW57 – “Experts noted that violence against women and girls is defined as ‘any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women [or girls], including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.’(1) It exists in multiple, interrelated and sometimes recurring forms, and is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between men and women (2)”.

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 Extract CSW57- “Confronting existing social and gendered realities that continue to use arguments based on culture, customs and ‘traditional’ values and practices to justify discrimination and violence against women and girls, and treat them as subordinate and second- class citizens, remains a major challenge in addressing the social and cultural environments that permit violence against women and girls to flourish with impunity. As the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences has noted: ‘no form of interpersonal violence against women is devoid of structural violence'”.

From the Everyday….

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To the Corporate……..

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And the Institutional………

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Extract CSW57 – “New media is often a platform for the perpetuation of harmful masculinities and the objectification of women and girls. This can take a number of forms from everyday hyper-sexualised, one-dimensional images of women and girls to hard-core pornography which has moved from the peripheries to the mainstream of the pornography industry. Virtual spaces are also utilised to perpetuate direct attacks on women and girls. This can range from cyber-stalking to the posting of inappropriate images / videos of women. For example, women have increasingly reported incidents of footage of them engaged in sexual activity (filmed both with and without consent) being posted on internet sites without their consent. In a number of cases this has included the posting of footage of actual rapes.(12)” 

The Beauty vs Women Project has been established, independently, to highlight and challenge cases of unequal power relations between men and women in stereotypical portrayals of women in media and culture – portrayals that support sexist and dehumanising outcomes for women and girls, and perpetuate attitudes of violence towards women and girls.

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