Gender-based Violence and Rural Development Outcomes

Agricultural scene in Kenya. Photo by Tina Beuchelt.

November 25, 2021 | 16:00 h - 18:00 h

ZEF’s Gender Group cordially invites you to a virtual (zoom) event with international experts on gender-based violence and development on the occasion of the
UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Date and time: Thursday, November 25, 2021 / 4 pm – 6 pm CET

Not much is known about gender-based violence and its effects on rural development outcomes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic violence has increased and received more public attention than before. New questions emerge regarding the role gender-based violence is actually playing for rural development beyond direct health and well-being impacts. Does it affect educational achievements of children, agricultural production or the decision to adopt sustainable agricultural practices? Does it play a role for the management of natural resources or the protection of biodiversity? And if yes, what could be done about it?

Four experts from science and practice from Asia, Africa, Latin-America and Europe will present answers from their work and discuss pathways for change, based on their experience.


4:00  – 4:10 PM

Welcome and introduction:

Setting the Scene

Prof Dr. Christian Borgemeister (managing director, ZEF) 
Dr. Eva Youkhana (director at ZEF)
Dr. Tina Beuchelt (ZEF)

4:10 – 4:30 PM

Gender-based violence and its linkages to school achievements and informal institutions: experiences from rural Pakistan and India

Assistant Prof. Dr. Sonia Akter (National University of Singapore)

4:30 – 4:50 PM

Gender-based violence and rural livelihoods in northern Ghana

Dr. Constance Awinpoka Akurugu (Simon Diedong Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development)

4:40 – 5:10 PM

“Bosque de las Nuwas” – Insights from a biodiversity conservation program that addresses gender-based violence

Priscilla Pecho Ricaldi (Universidad Católica del Perú, NGO PROMSEX)

5:10 – 5:30 PM

Pathways for change: experiences from gender governance programs on what works to reduce gender-based violence

Emily Brown (consultant, former OXFAM, UK)

5:30 – 5:40 PM

Panel discussion with all presenters

Moderated by Dr. Dennis Aviles and Dr. Tina Beuchelt (both ZEF)

5:40 – 5:55 PM

Open discussion / Q & A with audience

5:55 – 6:00 PM

Closing remarks

Dr. Dennis Aviles and Dr. Tina Beuchelt (both ZEF)


Participation is free but registration is requested in advance.

Please register here:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the meeting.

Contact: Dr. Tina Beuchelt,


Tina Beuchelt

Dr. Tina Beuchelt


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