At the Opening Plenary of the Clinton Global Initiative conference this Tuesday, Mallika Dutt took the stage with former President Bill Clinton and issued a call to end violence against women and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Mallika Dutt is the executive director of Breakthrough. She kindly spoke at our joint conference with the U.S. National Committee for UNIFEM this June, presenting her latest campaign, Bell Bajao (Ring the Bell).
As ethnic tension boils over into violence in Kyrgyzstan this week, rumors have begun to surface on the ground that amid the rioting, shooting and chaos, Kyrgyz women are being raped. Whether or not the rumor is true, the situation is all too familiar. When violence breaks out, women and girls, already vulnerable, are often among the first casualties, and the violence is often systematic, designed to demoralize their communities.
NCRW put on its annual conference (June 11-12) in collaboration with the US National Committee for UNIFEM, bringing in the biggest brains and best leaders to discuss “Strategic Imperatives for Ending Violence against Women.” It’s probably best to confess right away that I am an intern with NCRW and can do no less than rave about even the most mundane tasks, like picking up the remnants of the media lunch—no, but really, I met a woman who had arrived late from Chicago and told me all about the trials and travails of advising the mayor, organizing committees and working with the less avid feminists in the world. She gave me her card. It’s a funny feeling being thrilled to have gotten stuck with the lunch dishes.
You're coming, aren't you? Just two weeks left to register for the NCRW/USNC UNIFEM conference, Strategic Imperatives for Ending Violence against Women: Linkages to Education, Economic Security and Health. Click here to register TODAY! After all, you wouldn't want to miss Abby Disney (of Pray the Devil Back to Hell fame), Zainab Salbi (Founder of Women for Women International) and Nancy Dorsinville (Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of the UN Special Envoy to Haiti) discussing violence against women in the global hot spots, now would you? These amazing human rights activists are coming together for the conference keynote panel to address policies in place that address the multiple linkages between the socio-economic and cultural standings of women and their connections to gender-based violence.
Hollaback! has been documenting street harassment for half a decade and is poised to take it to the next level: an iPhone app. Not familiar with this grassroots movement? Check out this PSA posted on Feministing yesterday:
Join the National Council for Research on Women and the U.S. National Committee for UNIFEM June 11-12th at Hunter College for Strategic Imperatives to End Violence Against Women: Linkages to Education, Economic Security and Health. Register today!
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. A major function of awareness raising is debunking long-held myths, including so-called "stranger danger." In a recent blog post, the Ms. Foundation tackled the misnomer that the majority of violence is perpetrated by strangers. In reality, according to research released by the Child Abuse Research Education and Service Institute at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 85% of child abuse is perpetrated by a relative or other individual the child knows.Click here to read the rest of the blog post and to learn about the Ms.
The Obama Administration has made ending violence against women a national and global priority by supporting tougher anti-violence laws and appointing senior level officials for gender issues. Now is the time to get the facts on violence against women. Download NCRW's newest fact sheet: Ending Violence Against Women--An Imperative for a Healthy Nation. The fact sheet includes information on violent crime, intimate partner/domestic violence, stalking, workplace violence, and much more. For instance, did you know that nearly half of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors lose their jobs as a result?