Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence Against Women in Africa


Thursday, April 13, 2017, 3:00pm to 5:00pm


Campus Center, 2nd Floor, Room 2545, UMass Boston, Boston, Massachusetts


International organizations such as the United Nations have prioritized law reform in the campaign to end gender-based violence. This has resulted in the passage of progressive gender-based violence laws in many states that are recovering from conflict. With Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire as case studies, this talk analyzes the role of international organizations and local women’s organizations in law enforcement at the domestic level. Drawing on over three hundred interviews conducted in both countries, Medie probes the relationship between international organizations and local women’s nongovernmental organizations, and analyzes the influence that these two sets of actors have on police enforcement of gender-based violence laws.  Medie argues that the engagement of the UN and of women’s organizations has differed in both countries, leading to variation in police responses at the street-level.

ORGANIZER: UMass Boston Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights