Dr Lombard researches gendered violence in EC report

13 July 2015

Dr Nancy Lombard, Reader in Sociology and Social Policy at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), has contributed to a new European Commission report produced by the European Network of Experts on Gender Equality.

'Visions for Gender Equality' has been published with a chapter entitled Gendered violence: a cause and a consequence of inequality by Dr Lombard.

Her essay states: “Promoting gender equality would mean that violence against women is no longer normalised or endorsed by gendered stereotypes. As such, gender segregation and division must end, and all members of society need to challenge all forms of violence against women. Until they do so, women will never achieve equal status, which is the main barrier to preventing gendered violence.”

Dr Lombard highlights the example of Scotland, which has recognised the social problem of domestic abuse within the continuum of violence against women as a form of gender-based violence.

As the European Commission’s current work programme for gender equality - outlined in its Strategy for equality between men and women 2010-201 - draws to a close and the EU considers the way forward for gender equality policies, the publication offers a range of perspectives on what has been achieved to date, the challenges that lie ahead, and possible priorities for policy action to stimulate change and accelerate progress in key areas.