Open Lecture by Kerstin Weigl: Violence against women – private family matters or a society problem?

You are kindly invited to attend the open lecture by Swedish journalist Kerstin Weigl.

17:30 - 19:00 Wednesday 21/02/2018

SSE Riga, Soros Auditorium, Strelnieku 4a

One in three women around the world is subjected to physical, sexual or some other form of violence during her lifetime, but it rarely makes the news. Even when a husband murders his wife it is often regarded as private ‘family tragedies’; not as something of interest to the general public, just another sad story of crazy love.

Journalist Kerstin Weigl speaks on how these crimes can be investigated and the powerful impact news reporting could have on the society.

Event starts at 17:30 (welcome coffee & snacks will be served from 17:00)

Moderator: Journalist Inga Sprinģe

Kerstin Weigl is an investigative reporter and columnist employed at Aftonbladet, the leading newspaper in Scandinavia.

She is known for a unique study of all the women who have died in Sweden as a result of violence in close relationships during the 2000s. The several times rewarded investigation started eight years ago and is still ongoing. In 2015, she was presented the most prestigious journalism award in Sweden, Lukas Bonniers stora journalistpris, for her innovative reports on the hidden society problem with domestic violence.

She has published two books and is currently working on her third. She was part of an international journalistic project, (, where women from ten countries in five continents tell their stories about the violence that kills and harm women all over the world.

Kerstin Weigl was born 1959 in Stockholm and has two daughters.

Event is organized in cooperation with the Association MARTA Centre


The Olof Palme Lectures are a series of lectures aimed at providing inspiration and increasing knowledge in the fields of good governance, political ideology and social sustainability. Olof Palme served as the Prime Minister of Sweden from 1969-1976 and 1982-1986. His political ambitions were characterized by the desire to reduce inequality and develop the welfare state in Sweden. Olof Palme's mother was born in Latvia and he spent his childhood summers at his grandparents’ farm Skangal in Vidzeme.

The Olof Palme Lectures are organized jointly by the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and the Embassy of Sweden, with support from the Swedish Institute.


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