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Addressing gendered violence: a personal message

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

Professor Penny Jane Burke, Global Innovation Chair of Equity and Director, Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education.

As a survivor of domestic violence, I felt compelled to join many other voices to help bring attention to the terrifying implications of COVID19 for so many women and children. I am hoping my words will contribute to a wider process of bringing key participants and influencers together to foreground the urgency of ending the global pandemic of gendered violence against women. Pointing to the ongoing and long-standing dangers of gendered violence, which are too often hidden from view, the new global pandemic of COVID-19 might help us bring to the fore this terrible social problem that we need to collectively confront. This is in the context that COVID-19 puts more women and children in even graver danger. I want to reach out to any woman struggling through the ongoing processes of survival with a message of hope and support; you are not alone.


Read (and hear) more:

The following pieces are from an ongoing project, An invitation to reconceptualise Widening Participation through praxis.

Sharon Claydon, Member of Parliament, Newcastle - A statement on the role of universities in addressing gendered violence.


Penny Jane Burke in conversation with John Fischetti on the ongoing reality of family and gendered violence in COVID-19 times (podcast).


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