Sonke’s Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dean Peacock, will today (17 March 2016) speak at a conference to launch a global call to action to stop violence against women in politics. Peacock’s talk will focus on how masculine identity and customary ideas of “what it means to be a man” can become catalysts for violence.
The Global Call to Stop Violence Against Women in Politics is being championed by the National Democratic Institute – NDI, which is chaired by former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright.
The conference is part of events taking place at the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60), which is being held at the United Nations head-quarters in New York.
Other speakers will include Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State and chairperson of the National Democratic Institute; Dr Purna Sen, Director of UN Women‘s Policy Division; and Dr Dale Rigobert, Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament of St. Lucia.