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Responding to Gender Based Violence: Lessons from Vital Voices’ GBV Emergency Response and Protection Initiative
May 21, 2015Washington, D.C.

The World Bank Group Gender Cross-Cutting Solutions Area and the Justice Community of Practice present a discussion on the Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative, a program designed to address extreme forms of gender-based violence (GBV) and harmful traditional practices around the world.

Cindy Dyer, Vice President of Human Rights at Vital Voices, will discuss her work on the Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative, a program designed to address extreme forms of gender-based violence (GBV) and harmful traditional practices around the world. The program has three specific objectives:

  • Provide emergency financial assistance to those facing extreme acts of GBV
  • Provide training and technical assistance to GBV service providers and members of the criminal and civil justice system.
  • Improve GBV regional and international network coordination.

The GBV Initiative is managed by a consortium of non-governmental and international organizations led by Vital Voices Global Partnership. Consortium members include Promundo-US, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). 


Lucia Hanmer, Lead Economist, Gender CCSA


Cindy Dyer, Vice President, Human Rights, Vital Voices


Alys Willman, Senior Social Development Specialist, FCV CCSA


Lucia Hanmer is a Lead Economist in Gender and Development at the World Bank Group. She served previously as senior economic adviser for the Economic Empowerment Section at UN Women and senior economic adviser at the UK's Department for International Development, after serving as Country Representative for the World Bank in Guyana. She was a researcher at the UK's Overseas Development Institute and taught economics at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.  Much of her work has been in sub-Saharan Africa. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Cindy Dyer is the Vice President of Vital Voices’ Human Rights team and oversees all program and partnerships related to domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and harmful cultural practices. Prior to joining Vital Voices in 2008, Cindy Dyer served as the Director of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Cindy was nominated to this position by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate. As Director, she served as the liaison between the Department of Justice and Federal, State and International governments on crimes involving violence against women. Cindy has spoken at numerous conferences and professional training sessions before national and international audiences. She was a specialized domestic and sexual violence prosecutor for 13 years and has received numerous awards and recognition for her service to victims. Cindy served for 10 years as a member of the Public Policy Committee of the Texas Council on Family Violence and she was a weekly hotline volunteer for 9 years at a shelter for battered women and their children. 

Alys Willman, PhD, is a Senior Social Development Specialist for the Fragility, Conflict and Violence Team at the World Bank. She leads analytical work and project support on urban, youth and gender-based violence, and violent extremism, and is the task team leader of the Trauma-Sensitive Livelihood Projects initiative. She is the co-author of Violence in the City (2010), and Societal Dynamics and Fragility (2013), and has authored numerous articles and reports on violence and illicit economies. Prior to joining the World Bank she worked with NGOs in five Latin American countries and taught at The New School Graduate Program in International Affairs. 

Event Details
  • When:: 12:30-2 p.m. ET
  • Where: MC 7-424, World Bank Headquarters, 1818 H St. NW
  • CONTACT: Claudia Escobar
  • cescobar2@worldbank.org