I am actually in New York already.
We flew via Frankfurt and we had such a good trip that we landed on JFK International airport an hour earlier.
Kristina and myself used the time on the plane to do two things:
1) discuss the alcohol norm:
There is no chance of escaping, of getting a break from the alcohol norm that has infiltrated all parts of life, even above the clouds, in-between two continents. And we discussed how it affects children and women, and societies in general. I’ll have to write a separate a blog about that topic these days.
2) prepare for the week ahead at the United Nations:
We will attend many different events organised both by governments and civil society organisations. And we will hold our own event on Friday next week. And so it is important to be up-to-date, obviously. In order to be able to contribute to the discussions and to be able to understand as much as possible, we continued our preparations even above the clouds.
We are studying the news on gender equality and women’s issues, look at reports and scientific evidence concerning violence against women and girls, especially domestic violence against women and girls. And we are analysing legislation and government policies from around the world that address violence against women, in particular its prevention.
A really good material is this one:
The United Nations through its campaign UNiTE SayNO to violence against women put forward this manual for governments to effectively and comprehensively address the problem of gender-based violence.
Our analysis of policies and legislation from around the world shows that governments today don’t choose comprehensive approaches because policy measures that have a preventive effect are often not part of the policy mix: alcohol policies, like reducing availability and making alcohol less affordable, or banning alcohol marketing, or creating more alcohol free, safe environments are largely left out.
In this reality it is good and hope-giving that UN Women takes up alcohol in the Handbook. We find that they don’t do it as consequently and comprehensively as they should but at least they acknowledge the role alcohol plays in violence against women.