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Dr Monica O’Connor of SERP provides expert evidence to the Citizens Assembly on Gender Equality

Dr Monica O’ Connor of SERP presented expert evidence to the Citizens Assembly on Gender Based Violence and Gender Equality on 13th March 2021. Drawing on her decades of experience as both a frontline worker and researcher on violence against women, Dr O’Connor explores the nature and prevalence of GBV.  She considers the impact of legislation in this area and the role of cultural impunity in allowing violence against women and girls to persist.  She also provides an analysis of how progress towards gender equality continues to be undermined by the expanding global commercial sex trade, and how prostitution and pornography are antithetical to the achievement of true equality between the sexes.

You can watch Dr O’Connor’s expert evidence here

And view the subsequent Q&A session with the Assembly on Dr O’Connor’s evidence here