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Further evidence on violence against women and girls

12 March 2013

The International Development Committee holds its second oral evidence session on Tuesday 12 March for the inquiry Violence against women and girls (VAWG) and will take evidence from key stakeholders. 

Witnesses  

Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

At 9.30am 

International Rescue Committee UK

  • Sir John Holmes, Co-Chair, International Rescue Committee UK (and Director, Ditchley Foundation)

Gender Action for Peace and Security

  • Chitra Nagarajan, Director

Plan UK

  • Kerry Smith, Head of Advocacy and Campaigns

At 10.30am 

The Elders

  • Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, The Elders (former Prime Minister of Norway)

Purpose of the session

In emergency and conflict settings, women and girls are at high risk of physical, sexual and emotional violence—from armed groups, strangers, neighbours and family members. This evidence session, offers the chance to discuss how donors such as DFID can better protect and assist women and girls suffering violence. 

The panel will focus on child marriage, the subject of a recent campaign by The Elders, and a key driver of VAWG.

Further information

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