On the 8th of December Share-Net Netherlands, together with Oxfam Novib, RNW Media and Simavi, organized an Expert Meeting focusing on addressing social norms to eradicate gender-based violence (GBV).
During an inspiring day-long event hosted by Nicolien Zuijdgeest, participants listened, debated and danced together for social change! The day was kick-started with the launch of the “Enough: Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls”campaign of Oxfam by Brigitte Obertop. The aim of this campaign to challenge and replace the long held misconception that men are superior to women and girls set the tone for the rest of the day and activated the room full of activists. To learn more about this campaign click here.
Deepali Vandana (Founder Urja TRUST), Renée Römkens (CEO ATRIA), Heather Cole (Technical Advisor, International Rescue Committee) and Susan Blankhart (Special Advisor Women Rights, MFA) participated in a panel discussion about what works in changing social norms against GBV. Dr. Beniamino Cislaghi (assistant professor in Social Norms, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) explained in a stimulating session that norms are not an on-and-off switch, but interact in systems and have an (in)direct relationship with behaviour.
In the afternoon participants could attend different workshops. RNW Media facilitated a workshop on social media as a significant platform of opportunities for women to claim their voice. The second workshop was an interactive session on impact measurement of change. To energize the participants after an intensive day of listening and debating, Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni (International Consultant-Trainer Feminine & Masculine Capital) took them on a journey to experience the physical body. By dancing participants learned to free their primal force and reclaim their own lives by connecting their bodies to their mind.
For a visual summary of the Expert Meeting on GBV click here.