Keynote Address - What's Gender got to do with It? Reviewing and Renewing Feminist Perspectives on Violence against Women and Girls

Date: Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Time: 9.00 am – 9.45 am
Location: Leighton Hall
Chair: Jo Spangaro, Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, UNSW
Speaker(s): Liz Kelly CBE, Professor of Sexualised Violence, London Metropolitan University and Director, Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit

This paper will explore the contested concept of gender-based violence through several lenses – prevalence research, human rights, intersectionality and radical feminist analysis. Each makes a somewhat different argument about how gender is significant to victimisation and perpetration of violence. The kernel of the paper will be an argument that it is only through experiential/qualitative data that we can see how gender is ‘done’ and constituted in and through violence. It will draw on two recently completed research projects which used both quantitative and qualitative methods and involved survivors and perpetrators, and will highlight the implications for the Asia-Pacific region.

Liz Kelly is a feminist researcher and activist who has worked in the field of violence against women and children for 40 years. She is the author of Surviving Sexual Violence, and many book chapters, journal articles and research reports. In 2000, Liz was appointed Professor of Sexualised Violence at London Metropolitan University and in 2006, she was appointed Roddick Chair of Violence Against Women. She is currently co-chair of the End Violence Against Women coalition and director of the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit at London Metropolitan University, which is recognised as one of the world leading research centres on violence against women. The Unit has completed over 100 research projects and is known for making connections between forms of gender-based violence, and between violence against women and abuse of children. Recently completed studies include: how young people understand sexual consent; the evaluation of Domestic Violence Protection orders; how women rebuild their lives after contacting specialised services; and the contribution of perpetrator programmes to co-ordinated community responses.