The Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN) – a joint initiative of UNSW Arts and Social Sciences and UNSW Law – held its Inaugural Asia-Pacific Conference on Gendered Violence and Violations at UNSW Australia (The University of New South Wales) in Sydney on 10-12 February 2015.

Gendered violence is increasingly recognised as a major global problem and constitutes a violation of human rights for women, men, children and elders. This ground-breaking international conference with an Asia-Pacific focus combined and expanded interdisciplinary research and practitioner knowledge to encourage innovation and best practice in responding to gendered and sexualised violence. It was an opportunity to explore less visible violations related to gendered inequality and injustice, including the continuing effects of colonisation.

The GVRN conference aimed to facilitate the exchange of perspectives, ideas and strategies between countries, regions and sectors, and focused on the following themes:

  • Investigating psycho-social, therapeutic and prevention interventions for gendered violence and violations
  • Engaging with policy and legal responses to gendered violence and violations
  • Exploring conceptualisations and representations of gendered violence and violations.

For more information about the themes, please refer to the Call for papers.