Ending Violence Against Women, Nov. 8, 2011

Ending Violence against Women

Guests:

H.E. Ambassador Josephine Ojiambo, Deputy Permanent Representative,  the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya to the United Nations

Jacqueline Moturi Ogega, Director of the Women’s Mobilization Program, Religions for Peace

Ven. Dr. Chung Ohun Lee, Executive Director, UN Affairs and Interreligious Work, Won Buddhism International

Moderator: Carl Murrell, Baha’i International

Ambassador Ojiambo highlighted the legal framework Kenya has to provide protection for women in situations of violence. She also noted that Kenya has a Ministry for Gender and Children’s Affairs.

Jacqueline Moturi Ogega spoke on the role of faith communities in preventing violence against women. She highlighted the resources that faith traditions have to combat violence against women, but also noted that religious communities allow such violence to take place by silence on the issue as well as by working in isolation rather than coordinating efforts among faith communities.

Venerable Dr. Chung Ohun Lee emphasized the need to educate faith communities about using the legal frameworks available to combat violence against women and the need to address internalized oppression and promote gender equality in faith communities.

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