The Gender and Affirmative Action Implementation Centre at Kenyatta University is hosting the 1st Kenyatta University International Conference on Gender-Based Violence under the theme ‘Creating Spaces for Women and Men: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Gender Based Violence’ from 1-5 August 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The conference is the first of its kind, aimed at expanding knowledge about the magnitude of Gender-based violence (GBV), its impact and the factors underlying the experience and consequences of GBV in an effort to reduce its spread and effects.
GBV is both a human rights as well as a public health concern. GBV is a persistent and universal problem occurring in every culture and social groupings. GBV, mostly perpetrated against women has been the most pervasive yet least recognised human rights abuse in the world.
Therefore, GBV is not exclusively a woman's concern. It is both a cause and consequence of gender perceptions. GBV has shifted the focus from women as victims to gender and the unequal power relationships between women and men created and maintained by gender stereotypes as the basic underlying cause of violence against women.
For more information, refer to www.ku.ac.ke/conferences/genderconference/index.php.
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