Launch of The Lancet series – 21 November

Please join us – in person or online – for a half-day symposium at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine chaired by Richard Horton, The Lancet’s Editor-in-Chief, to launch this important new series on Friday 21 November 2014, 14:00 to 16:30 GMT.

Drawing on evidence from research and experience from practice, authors and co-editors of the new series will present on:

  • health system responses to violence against women and girls (VAWG)
  • promising prevention approaches
  • conceptual shifts in the prevention field

The world has begun to pay attention to VAWG as a significant and cross-cutting health risk of epidemic prevalence levels: one in three women will experience gender violence in her lifetime, according to a major study by the Gender Violence and Health Centre (GVHC), WHO and the South African Medical Research Council. Following up on that research, The Lancet series examines the evidence on current, promising and future action to address VAWG in all its forms, including:

  • intimate partner violence
  • rape
  • female genital mutilation
  • trafficking
  • forced marriage

Professor Charlotte Watts, head of the SaME group, co-edited the series with Dr Claudia Garcia Moreno of the WHO and Dr Cathy Zimmerman of GVHC. Lori Michau of Raising Voices, Uganda shares lessons from programming, including SASA!, an approach evaluated by GVHC researchers. The series includes a call to action as well as a comment by President Jimmy Carter.

Five ways to participate

1. Read the series online for free on or after Friday 21 November 2014. (Registration is required but free.)

2. Register to attend the launch event (half-day symposium) in London on Friday 21 November 2014.

3. Register to watch the livestreamed event or watch on the LSHTM webcast page

4. Register to attend the US launch of the series on Wednesday 3 December at George Washington University, Washington, DC, hosted by the Global Women’s Institute.

5. Check this site on and after Friday 21 November for additional information, links and a Call to Action.

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