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In recognition of October Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States, the WBG Domestic Abuse Prevention Program (DAPP) and co-sponsoring units are pleased to launch the “NO MORE” campaign to raise greater awareness of domestic abuse and the confidential resources available to World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and Inter-American Bank staff and families in difficulty, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. Drawing inspiration from the external campaign launched in 2013 by a large coalition of nonprofits, corporations, government agencies, media, schools and individuals addressing domestic violence and sexual assault in support of a world free of violence, it signals to all at the WBG that no matter who or where we are, we are each capable of working to end domestic violence in the places where we live and work.

Opening Remarks: Caren Grown, Senior Director, Global Themes Department - Gender
Keynote Address: The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth
Panelists:

  • Pamela Zaballa, Global Executive Director, NO MORE Foundation
  • Melissa Morbeck, Director of Partnerships, NO MORE Foundation

Closing Remarks: Stuart Fisher, Head, HSD Mental Health & Wellbeing Unit

With an impressive array of panelists and opening and closing remarks from the WBG’s Caren Grown and Stuart Fisher, keynote speaker The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth is not to be missed: she is the first woman in the more than 700-year history of the office to serve as Her Majesty’s Attorney-General for England and Wales and for Northern Ireland, where she led on issues of gender equality, domestic violence, forced marriage, and international child abduction, and promoted diversity and equality of opportunity, particularly for women and girls. As the only woman to have been appointed Secretary-General of Commonwealth she is placing special emphasis on mobilizing the 54 nations of the Commonwealth to tackle climate change – including its disproportionate impact on women – and, through women’s enterprise, to build the resilience of smaller or more vulnerable countries. Eliminating domestic violence and violence against women and girls is another area of special focus.

WED: 10/01/2020: 12:00 pm (Noon) Wash DC, 7:00 pm Nairobi, 9:30 pm Delhi, 11:00 pm Bangkok

DAPP & DVAM Event: Launch of NO MORE Campaign (October 1, 2020) - [Video]

Launch of Commonwealth Says NO MORE - [Video]

Flyer

https://nomore.org/

Open to: WBG, IMF, and IDB staff, spouses, domestic partners and family members.

In Partnership with: WBG/IMF Health & Safety Directorate (HSD), Domestic Abuse Prevention Program (DAPP), World Bank Family Network, (WBFN), Global Themes Department - Gender Unit (HGNDR), Corporate Communications (ECR), Staff Association (WBGSA), and the Ethics and Business Conduct Department (EBC).

 

Bios:

The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth: Patricia Scotland was born in the Commonwealth of Dominica. She is the tenth of twelve children and grew up in London. She completed her LLB (Hons) London University at the age of twenty and was called to the Bar at Middle Temple at the age of twenty-one. Her career has been marked by achieving a number of extraordinary firsts, not least of which was to be the first woman in the more than 700-year history of the office to serve as Her Majesty’s Attorney-General for England and Wales and for Northern Ireland. While holding these and other senior ministerial office she was given responsibility, inter alia, for gender equality, domestic violence, forced marriage, and international child abduction, and from these positions promoted diversity and equality of opportunity, particularly for women and girls. As the only woman to have been appointed Secretary-General of Commonwealth she is placing special emphasis on mobilizing the 54 nations of the Commonwealth to tackle climate change – including its disproportionate impact on women – and, through women’s enterprise, to build the resilience of smaller or more vulnerable countries. Eliminating domestic violence and violence against women and girls is another area of focus.

Pamela Zaballa, Global Executive Director, NO MORE Foundation: With over 15 years of experience, Pamela has worked to support victims of violence, by creating and setting up direct services, as well as to prevent abuse and assault from occurring in the first place. Pamela has developed research on survivors of domestic, sexual violence and human trafficking, working closely with both the public and private sectors. She also worked on the frontlines with victims of violence, overseeing court programs and shelter management for leading organizations in the U.S. and U.K. Most recently, she served for at Hestia as the Prevention for Domestic Abuse Director where she created successful initiatives to utilize state-of-the-art technology to help victims and to engage corporations as partners in the effort to stop domestic and sexual violence with projects like Bright Sky and Everyone’s Business. During that time, she launched prevention campaigns such as Hidden Child and U.K. Says NO MORE. Having previously consulted for NO MORE as their International Development Director in 2018, Pamela is now the Global Executive Director for NO MORE. Pamela is also a board member for the Employers Initiative Against Domestic Abuse.

Melissa Morbeck is Director of Partnerships at the NO MORE Foundation. Melissa is also the Executive Director and Founder of the Corporate Alliance, the leading consultancy addressing domestic violence and employment.  Melissa is a leading authority on the subject of domestic abuse, gender-based violence and gender and climate change. Melissa has extensive experience in the private sector and synergies with public health and government-based policy.  Melissa was Director of Human Resources at Hill/Holliday Advertising. Melissa is the founder of the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, along with several social enterprises and charities dedicated to working with businesses on issues of trauma, health & wellbeing, domestic abuse, violence and harassment. Melissa lectured at the Harvard School of Public Health for 9 years and was a member of the President’s Council on VAWG. Melissa also was a Director on the National Commission for Disability. Melissa has worked with the Commonwealth of Nations, the Council of Europe and global businesses creating programs that support employers taking positive action supporting their employees. Melissa is a volunteer at Fine Cell Work where she teaches both male and female inmates’ skills for future employment.