Invitation to UNESCO Master Class for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

News UNESCO Headquaters, Paris - 24th November 2020

Invitation to UNESCO’s Master Class for the

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women



Wednesday 25 November 2020

from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm (CET) on Zoom

Interpretation: English, French

This Master Class targets secondary education students (14-18 years old) and their teachers, but observers are welcome.


Objectives of the Master Class:

  • To empower young people, including young men and boys alongside young women and girls, through this peer-learning forum by building their understanding and capacity to combat VAWG;
  • To draw attention and visibility to, and understand how and why harmful gender norms and VAWG are being spread in all their forms online and offline, in the media, in public space and all spheres of life;
  • To engage youth to become proactive agents of change and trainers within their own schools, families and communities for a sustainable impact;
  • To inspire policymakers, at the global, national and local levels, and community leaders and teachers to pursue collective efforts in the fight against VAWG.


Provisional agenda:

  • Introduction of the Master Class by Ms Gabriela Ramos – UNESCO Assistant Director- General for Social and Human Sciences
  • Keynote speech by Ms Dubravka Šimonovic – United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences
  • Presentations and interactive discussions with students:
    • Dr Tim Shand – Co-founder and Director, ShandClarke Consulting Ltd, Expert in women’s empowerment, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender-based violence prevention, education and men and masculinities
    • Mr Hassan Sekajoolo – Board member of MenEngage Global Alliance representing Africa
    • Ms Seyi Akiwowo – Founder and Executive Director
      of Glitch, a not-for-profit organisation determined to end online abuse
    • Mr Ashwin Chandrasekhar – Host of “The New Manifesto” Podcast
    • Moderator: Mr Juan-Pablo Ramirez-Miranda – Programme specialist, UNESCO New Delhi
  • Dialogue session to create commitments to be implemented in schools and communities
  • Closing remarks
  • Musical interludes

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