CSW57: New evidence on men's use of violence against women and girls

UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and UNV presented the latest research from their Partners for Prevention Regional Joint Programme at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women at the side event, 'Why do men use violence and how do we stop it? New evidence on men’s use of violence against women and girls and its uses for enhanced prevention.'

"We know men are the primary perpetrators of violence. But not all men use violence and many men oppose it. To stop violence before it starts we need to understand the root causes of men’s use of violence, why some men are more likely to use different types of violence and also why some men oppose it," said James Lang, Programme Coordinator of Partners for Prevention.

Coordinated by Partners for Prevention, a UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and UNV regional joint programme for gender-based violence prevention in Asia and the Pacific, and co-sponsored by the Australian Government, Government of Sweden and WHO, the side event shared cutting edge new knowledge from a collaborative multi-country study focused on men’s use and experiences of violence against women and girls.

In this study, 10,178 men from selected sites in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka responded to representative population-based household surveys. These men were asked about their childhoods, relationships, health, sexual practices, gender attitudes and use of violence against women and girls. The study provides ground-breaking new knowledge on how to effectively prevent violence against women and girls.

Focusing on the preliminary research findings, a panel of experts discussed the implications of the findings and how they can be applied to enhance prevention programmes and policies. Specifically the panel highlighted what men have said about their uses of and experiences of different types of violence, and what we can do in the future to stop it before it starts.

A webcast of this event, which took place 8 March, 1:15-2:30 pm EST, can be viewed here.

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