Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic that is a human rights and public health issue as well as a major cause of death and disability. The prevalence of violence transcends boundaries of race, class, culture, social status and religion. UNIFEM estimates that six out of every ten women will experience some form of physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. Violations can occur at home, in the workplace or in public. Of rising concern is the systematic use of rape and sexual assault as weapons of armed conflict, terror and intimidation. One of the most common forms of violence against women is intimate partner violence. There are also variations in the types of violence against women which include but are not limited to: human trafficking, dating violence, sexual assault, emotional and verbal abuse, and customary practices such as female genital mutilation and so-called “honor killings” and other forms of femicide. Re:Gender and its network members are working along with international partners to raise awareness about efforts to reduce and eliminate the scourge of violence.

New Pathways to Justice: An International Conference to Stop Violence Against Women in Central America


The Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies at Lehman College, City University of New York, cordially invites you to a conference that will offer participants new ways of understanding contemporary violence in Central America and identify ways to stop violence against women, as well as enhance women's participation in the strengthening rule of law, access to justice and the consolidation of democracy. The workshop will focus on the ways Guatemalan, Salvadoran, and Costa Rican legal practitioners, rights advocates and victims can support one another and advance regional development of rule of law through collaborative advocacy, coalition building and the strengthening of juridical institutions.

Public Conference:
Date: Thursday, April 7, 2011
Time: 9:30 am- 5:45 pm
Location: East Dining Hall, Lehman College, Bronx, NY
Reception following, 6:00pm- 7:30pm, at the Leonard Lief Library, Lehman College

Feminist Dialogue on Militarism and Military Intervention for the 16 Days Campaign

The Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University has released this video of a feminist dialogue on militarism that it hosted as part of its 16 Days Campaign. The video features Yanar Mohammed (OWFI), Diana Duarte (MADRE), Ann Wright (Ret. US Army Colonel, former US diplomat, and peace activist), Cynthia Enloe (Professor at Clark University), and Esther Hyneman (Women for Afghan Women) and many others.


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Media Coverage of Texas Gang Rape Fuels Double Standard

By Jeannette Pai-Espinosa

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Screening of REDLIGHT


For this year's International Women's Day, New York University's Wagner Women's Caucus (WWC) is pleased to present a Special Screening of the Documentary REDLIGHT. This important documentary looks at the issue of child trafficking and sex trafficking in Cambodia (a full summary follows below).

After the screening there will be a special Q&A with the Filmmaker and Founder of RedLight Children, Guy Jacobson, and Co-Founder and President of the Nomi Network, Diana Mao.

Co-Sponsors for the event are APASA, SCJR, WISS, Humanus Group, IPSA, WPA, The Nomi Network, and RedLight Children.
Location: Rudin Family Forum, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Floor New York, NY 10012 (The Puck Building)
Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 3:00-6:00 PM

Summary of the Film:

N.Y. Case Shows Lenient Treatment of Rapists

Women's eNews featured a commentary this week by one of NCRW's Amex Fellows.  Tunisia Riley is one of thirty-five young women chosen to participate in the Council's Building the Next Generation of Women Leaders in the Non-Profit Sector, a program sponsored by the American Express Foundation.  In the article for Women's eNews, Riley discusses the recent conviction of Tony Simmons, a juvenile justice counselor at Family Court in New York.  Simmons was convicted in New York of molesting two girls, but was acquitted of raping a third girl. As Riley writes,

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Voices from the Field: Hollaback! (Video)

Hat tip to Ms. Foundation for funding this great organization!


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Expert Profile

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Sharon Stapel, Esq. is the Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP). AVP is the country’s largest organization dedicated to eliminating hate violence, sexual violence, and domestic/intimate partner violence affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities. AVP provides direct client services in New York City and engages in advocacy and public education locally and nationally. AVP coordinates the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, a coalition of 42 anti-violence programs dedicated to creating a national response to anti-LGBTQ violence, and the New York State LGBTQ Domestic Violence Network, a statewide, multidisciplinary group of direct service providers, community-based agencies, advocates, educators, policy makers and funders working on behalf of LGBTQ communities affected by domestic violence.


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