Addressing the Social and Cultural Norms that Underlie the Acceptance of Violence: A Workshop

When: October 29, 2015 - October 30, 2015 (9:00 AM Eastern)
Where: The Pew Charitable Trusts • 901 E Street, NW , Washington, DC 20004

Topics Global Health, Children and Families, Women's Health, Public Health
Activity: Forum on Global Violence Prevention
Boards: Board on Global Health, Board on Children, Youth, and Families, DBASSE Committee on Law and Justice

Defined by the World Health Organization as the rules or expectations of behavior within a specific cultural or social group, these often unspoken norms offer social standards of appropriate and inappropriate behavior that govern what is (and is not) acceptable in our interactions with others.  Social or cultural norms are highly influential over individual behavior in a broad variety of contexts, including violence and its prevention due to the fact that norms can create an environment that can either foster or mitigate violence and its deleterious effects.

The Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Global Violence Prevention will hold a 2-day public workshop on October 29-30, 2015 to explore the cultural and social norms that underlie the acceptance of violence, with a particular focus on violence against women across the lifespan, violence against children, and youth violence.  The workshop panels will focus on the characteristics, variations, and determinants related to social and cultural norms in this context; what is known about the effectiveness of efforts to alter those norms in order to prevent and mitigate such violence; and the role of multiple sectors and stakeholders in its prevention. These discussions will pull from a broad variety of disciplines and perspectives, including the public health, social sciences, technology, public safety, human rights, policy, and legal sectors. Additionally, there will be ample time for open discussion among invited experts, Forum Members, attendees, and for the first time, an opportunity for live questions from our webcast audience.

This is an activity of the IOM’s Forum on Global Violence Prevention, which was formed in 2010. It is a multisectoral group of stakeholders who are committed to reducing violence and promoting healthy development worldwide by encouraging multidisciplinary research that emphasizes the value of prevention through a public health approach. An appointed committee, supported by the staff of the Forum on Global Violence Prevention, will develop the workshop agenda, select and invite speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions. Experts will be drawn from the public and private sectors as well as from academic organizations to allow for multi-lateral, evidence-based discussions. An individually-authored summary of the presentations and discussions at the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.

The workshop is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited and registration is required. This workshop will be available via a live interactive webcast for those unable to attend in-person. To register, click on the button Register for this Workshop found at the top of this webpage.  A preliminary agenda for the workshop will be posted on this webpage as soon as it becomes available. 

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