The Economic and Social Costs of Gender-Based Violence to Development in the Asia and Pacific Region

24 October 2012 -- ADB's Eminent Speaker's Forum featured Dame Justice Silvia Cartwright who talked about how gender-based violence affects development in Asia and the Pacific.

Dame Cartwright is currently the Senior Judge of the Trial Chamber of the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, former Governor-General of New Zealand, first female and former Judge of the High Court of New Zealand, and former member of the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Committee.

The topic of her paper—The Price is not Right - The Economic and Social Costs of Gender-Based Violence to Development in the Asia and Pacific Region—focused on the economic and social implications of gender-based violence and the importance of including it in the agenda of development agencies. Dame Cartwright drew from her experiences of being a CEDAW committee member and the insights she has gained on contributing to gender and development.

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Prior to Dame Cartwright’s address, ADB Vice President S. P. Groff, VPO2 delivered the Opening Remarks.