Program Information

Ending Gender-Based Violence

April 06, 2018
11:45 AM to 1:30 PM
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One Prudential Plaza
130 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601



  IWF Chicago has partnered with The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.  Register and join us to learn more about the #Metoo movement and the future of Ending Violence Against Women and Girls.

About the Program

At least one in three women worldwide will experience some form of violence during their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization. The toll of gender-based violence has long been hidden from society, as victims suffer alone out of stigma. Yet, courageous women across the globe are breaking this code of silence. From self-defense classes in Jordan to using film to educate and change culturally harmful practices in Pakistan, women-led initiatives are empowering victims to stand up, speak out, and fight back. Working outside of the media spotlight, and confronting powerful cultural taboos, their task is monumental, but these activists and entrepreneurs are the vanguard of a global movement to call #timesup on the scourge of gender-based violence.


Friday, April 6th, 2018

 11:45 a.m.   Registration 
 12:00 p.m.  Lunch and Discussion
  1:30 p.m.  Adjournment 


One Prudential Plaza
130 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601


NOTE: Registration is managed by The Chicago Council on Global Affiars. IWF Chicago members pay the $70 member rate. 

USE CODE: VVPARTNER at check out to receive the $70 rate 


About the Speakers

Lina Khalifeh is the founder of SheFighter and is proud to be a troublemaker. She opened the first and only women’s self-defense studio in the Middle East. That was six years ago in Amman. Since then she’s tripled the size of her studio to meet growing demand. SheFighter has reached over 15,000 women globally. They range from age four to 75. Many are Syrian refugees or migrant workers. Others are housewives, teenagers or survivors of sexual assault. They all learn Khalifeh's mix of self-defense, taekwondo and kickboxing.


Samar Minallah Khan is an anthropologist and a documentary film maker from Pakistan. In the media, she has been referred to as ‘The Savior of Soul’, ‘Women who rock the world’, ‘The Crusader with the Camera’ and ‘Women that changed Pakistan’. Khan has been a pioneer in using film and other innovative mediums of communication for social change in Pakistan. Khan has over 20 years of progressive experience in advocacy, women and children’s causes, anthropological documentation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, social change, working in and with different media. Her commitment to ending compensation marriages in Pakistan goes a decade back. One of her documentaries, Swara—A Bridge over Troubled Waters, has won several national and international awards for breaking the silence around a practice that violates rights of girls and women.


Alyse Nelson is the president and chief executive officer of Vital Voices Global Partnership. Nelson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on Secretary Clinton's Advisory Committee on Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society and is a board member of Running Start and RAD-AID International. Nelson is the author of "Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World," which shares the stories of remarkable, world-changing women, as well as the story of how Vital Voices was founded.


About the Moderator

Niamh King is the vice president for programs and strategic content at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, where she has worked since March 2007. Under her direction, the Council on Global Affairs’ programs team develops over 200 events annually, and includes the signature annual events the Chicago Forum on Global Cities, the Global Health and Development Symposium, and the Global Food Security Symposium. Prior to joining the Council on Global Affairs, she held positions with Intel, the European Commission, FÁS, and the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She is a member of the board of directors of The America Ireland Fund Chicago Regional Advisory Board, the Women’s Board of the University of Chicago, the Chicago Project on Security & Threats, and the Japan America Society of Chicago.  King earned a BA in international relations and history from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her MA in development studies from the Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University in The Hague, Netherlands.