CSW: “Leaving No-one Behind: Women’s Economic Empowerment, SGBV and Faith”


Church Center at the UN, Boss Room
777 United Nations Plaza New York
United States
Saturday, March 18, 2017


This event will focus on the role of faith in addressing stigma and social barriers to economic empowerment and participation for the most vulnerable and marginalized women. It will consider economic empowerment from the perspective of survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), who are all too often excluded and ostracized within communities. This event will examine the vital role of faith groups in challenging harmful social norms and addressing some of these key barriers to women’s social and economic inclusion, particularly stigma.

Through an informal panel discussion, chaired by Azza Karam (UNFPA), we will consider challenges, opportunities and lessons learned, including research with 300 SGBV survivors showing how SGBV and stigma limit women’s social and economic resilience. The discussion will share the work of member agencies from the We Will Speak Out Coalition and Side by Side, who are working for gender justice, including economic justice, globally.

Panelists Include:

Kikala Isabel Thomas. Anglican Church of Angoloa

Walter Vengesai, Director of Padare (Zimbabwe) Maggie Sandilands, Technical Lead Sexual Violence in Humanitarian Response,Tear Fund UK

Father JavierMarquez ACOSTA -Director of the Social Pastoral Secretariat of the Colombian Bishops Conference