The UNSW School of Social Sciences and the Australian Human Rights Centre hosted a pre- conference consultation led by Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences (SRVAW) and Professor, Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town. This invitation-only session was a structured dialogue with participants on the challenges of holding states to their obligations in reducing and preventing violence against women (VAW). Our Executive officer was thrilled to participate. The Special Rapporteur facilitated discussion with participants on how best to address the normative gap in international human rights law as regards VAW. Issue ranged from that complexity of intersectionality, diverse gender identity and keeping a focus on human rights in a tough funding environment. Responses from this consultation may be included in the SRVAW’s 2015 report to the UN Human Rights Council.