The Women’s Federation for World Peace in cooperation with other organizations is inviting you to the conference


Leadership Challenges of the 21st Century:

The Prevention of Violence against Women and Femicide


March 28th, 2013; 2:00 pm-5:30 pm (Please enter 1:00-1:30)

Vienna Int. Centre (UN Building), M building, Room M3

Panellists with diverse backgrounds and expertise will present insights and success stories about women who have survived and prevailed over violence and its effects, including rape and HIV- AIDS. Impunity and the legal response to femicide will also be examined. These panellists represent work in Africa, Asia and Europe and include best practices for facing, overcoming and preventing domestic violence as well as successful work to rescue and support girls and women who are victims of sex trafficking. Perspectives from education, legal measures, psychology, grass roots service and advocacy will be presented.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Registaration for Ground Pass at VIC Gate 1

2:00 pm Welcoming remarks: Dr. Maria Riehl, WFWPI UN Representative, Vienna

Seiko Lee, Soprano

Leadership Challenges to the Prevention of Violence against Women and Femicide

Moderator: Dr. Shantu Watt, Vice President of the United Nations Women’s Guild (UNWG)

o        Dr. Zhannat Kosmukhamedova, Expert HIV/AIDS Prevention & Care Division, UNODC

o        Dr. Michael Platzer, Chair, Vienna NGO Alliance on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

o        Carolyn Handschin, WFWPI UN Deputy Director, Geneva

Coffee break

4:00 pm Women Standing up to Violence: Finding Hope through Concerted Action

Moderator: H.R.H. Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol (Thailand)

o        Claire Laurent, ACUNS Femicide Project coordinator

o        Joana Adesuwa Reiterer, President and Founder NGO Exit, Vienna

o        Mag. Maria Neuberger Schmidt, President and Founder ‘Parents workshop’ Vienna

o        Zena Eggough, UPF UN Liaison


A ground pass is required to enter Vienna International Centre (VIC). If you do not have a permanent pass, please register sending an E-Mail to Renate Amesbauer, Tel. 0650 7514073: not later than March 24th.

Those who would like to enter the VIC and attend the conference on March 28th are requested to present their identity document at Gate 1 of the VIC. The VIC, 1220 Wien, Wagramerstrasse 5, is best reached by Subway U1 (Kaisermühlen).