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Standing Up to Violence Against Women
Wed, April 26, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM BST
This discussion brings together women leading the charge in combatting violence against women. As a part of LCF’s partnership with luxury fashion group Kering, through this event you will hear about the compelling and vital work of Kering Foundation and UK charity Women’s Aid. Lead by CSF Director Professor Dilys Williams, they will discuss the role of women in societies, gender inequality, notions of power and how we as individuals and communities can stand up to violence against women.
It is the belief of Women’s Aid that everyone has the right to live in safety and free from violence and abuse. Society has a duty to recognize and defend this right. Women are the overwhelming majority of victims of domestic abuse, and this is a violation of women and children’s human rights. It is the result of an abuse of power and control, and is rooted in the historical status and inequality of women in society.
Awareness raising in this area is crucial to the realization of the UNs Sustainable Development Goals, in particular goal 5 Gender Equality – to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. As a majority female community of students, LCF’s agency and knowledge in areas of inequality and injustice can inform our work in using fashion as a powerful communicator and agent for change.
Céline Bonnaire, Executive Director, Kering Foundation
Lucy Lord,Director, Business Development & Communications Women’s Aid
Dilys Williams, Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion
Launched in 2009, the Kering Corporate Foundation combats violence against women by supporting NGOs, social entrepreneurs, and awareness campaigns while involving Kering employees worldwide. To reinforce the social impact of its activities, the Kering Foundation focuses on combatting sexual violence in the Americas, harmful traditional practices in Western Europe, and domestic violence in Asia. Women’s Aid is a UK national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children. They have been at the forefront of shaping and coordinating responses to domestic violence and abuse through practice for over 40 years. Women’s Aid empowers survivors by keeping their voices at the heart of their work, working with and for women and children by listening to them and responding to their needs.