Overcoming The Pain of Abuse & Violence Against Women & Girls


On March 8, 2013 Dianova will co-sponsor a side-event during the 57th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) to take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 4 to 15 March 2013. The priority theme of the Commission’s two-week session will be dedicated to the “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls”. Dianova speakers during the event will be Ms Sandra Nencetti and Ms Francisca Alburquenque, from Dianova in the USA and Chile.


The Commission on the Status of Women is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). it was originally established in order to prepare recommendations and reports to the ECOSOC on promoting women’s rights in the economic, social and educational fields. Over the years, the Commission has become the main policy-making body dedicated exclusively to the empowerment of women and gender equality. Each year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on the Commission’s mandate, identify setbacks and new challenges and formulate policies to promote gender equality and the advancement of women worldwide.

Co-sponsored and organized by Dianova, United Methodist Women, The General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church and the Freedom from Fistula Foundation, the panel will address the elimination and prevention of violence and abuse against women and girls. Panelists, coming from Chile, USA and Europe, will discuss violence and abuse occurring in different settings – family, urban and rural areas, and in different social groupings.

The panel will demonstrate importance of coordination and collaboration among public and governmental agencies, civic organizations and non-governmental groups in addressing interrelated issues around violence and abuse against women and girls. Public policy and faith and ethical perspectives will be explored, showing how advocacy and organizing for social change can eliminate and prevent abuse and violence against women and girls.