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Ending Gender-Based Violence

Lina Khalifeh, Samar Minallah Khan, and Alyse Nelson discussed how women all over the world are working outside of the media spotlight to confront taboos and say #timesup on gender-based violence.
Lina Khalifeh
Samar Minallah Khan
Alyse Nelson
Niamh King
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About this event

At least one in three women worldwide will experience some form of violence during their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization. The toll of gender-based violence has long been hidden from society, as victims suffer alone out of stigma. Yet, courageous women across the globe are breaking this code of silence. From self-defense classes in Jordan to using film to educate and change culturally harmful practices in Pakistan, women-led initiatives are empowering victims to stand up, speak out, and fight back. Working outside of the media spotlight, and confronting powerful cultural taboos, their task is monumental, but these activists and entrepreneurs are the vanguard of a global movement to call #timesup on the scourge of gender-based violence.

About the Speakers
Lina Khalifeh
Founder, SheFighter
Lina Khalifeh is the founder of SheFighter and a fellow at Vital Voices. She opened the first and only women's self-defense studio in the Middle East.
Samar Minallah Khan
Founder and Director, Ethnomedia
Samar Minallah Khan is an anthropologist and a documentary film maker from Pakistan.
Alyse Nelson
President and CEO, Vital Voices
Alyse Nelson is the president and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, a global movement that invests in women leaders who are solving the world's greatest challenges.
Nonresident Fellow, Global Cities and Women and Global Development
Council expert Niamh King
Niamh King is a nonresident fellow on global cities and women and global development at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. King previously served as the Council's Vice President for Programs and Strategic Content. Prior to joining the Council, she held positions with Intel, the European Commission, FÁS, and the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Council expert Niamh King