The Lancet: Calls for action on violence against women and girls

Friday, 21 November 2014

The Lancet has released a new series on violence against women and girls. Five papers cover the evidence base for interventions, discuss the vital role of the health sector in care and prevention, show the need for men and women to be involved in effective programmes, provide practical lessons from experience in countries, and present a call for action with five key recommendations and indicators to track progress.

Jimmy Carter, former US President and founder of The Carter Centre, in his piece on patriarchy and violence says:

'Patriarchy is not new. It is a system created and maintained by men of faith and politics who hold the levers of economic, cultural, and political power and who confuse strength and masculinity with domination and brutality. Patriarchy must be replaced by a system in which equal human rights and non-violence are promoted and accepted.'

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies' Justice Matters for Women initiative is currently exploring radical alternatives to criminal justice interventions and held a roundtable discussion on Wednesday 19th November 2014. For information about the meeting click here.