Violence

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.

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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New York, NY 10001
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Rising Out of Grief, Tuscon is Looking Forward to the Future

By Sally Stevens*

Greetings from Tucson. There are no words to describe this past week -- tears, hope, guilt, love, and grief are but just a few. Our community is small enough that somehow everyone is personally connected to the tragic event of January 8, 2011. 

Wednesday's ceremony with President Obama at the University of Arizona helped us to begin moving forward. During the day, the campus was eerily quiet -- except as one neared the human line that formed to attend the ceremony. Police helicopters circled the University and sirens, police, homeland security, dogs, etc. were on the ground. I made my way over to the line (like thousands of others) for solidarity, signing the ribbon, and feeling the grief.


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Processing the AZ Shooting

As we process the tragic shooting in Arizona, read what members of the NCRW network are saying.

In a Women's Media Center exclusive, "Giffords Tragedy: What's the Message to Young Women?," Gloria Feldt writes:

The natural human tendency is to back away from public service after such a frightening episode. But the best way to honor the sacrifices of public servants like Gabrielle Giffords—as well as Judge John Roll who was killed in the attack and all the others—is to create a culture that lifts up and protects leaders who won’t be deterred by anti-government ranting.


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Rita Henley Jensen is Founder and Editor in Chief of award-winning nonprofit news service Women's eNews (www.womensenews.org) and its sister site Arabic Women’s eNews (www.awomensenews.org). A former senior writer for the National Law Journal and columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, Jensen has won an armload of awards, including the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Alumni award, the Alicia Patterson fellowship, and the Lloyd P. Burns Public Service prize. Jensen is also a survivor of domestic violence and a former welfare mother who earned degrees from Ohio State University and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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New York, NY 10001
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40° 45' 5.7276" N, 74° 0' 15.9588" W

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Juhu Thukral is the Director of Law and Advocacy at The Opportunity Agenda. She has been an advocate for the rights of low-income and immigrant women in the areas of sexual health and rights, gender-based violence, economic security, and criminal justice for 20 years. Prior to joining The Opportunity Agenda, Ms. Thukral was the founder and Director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York City. She founded the Sex Workers Project in 2001, after recognizing the strong need for an organization that protects the legal rights of sex workers, many of whom are low-income and immigrant women of color. Ms. Thukral envisioned and developed the SWP’s legal and programmatic initiatives around sex work and human rights, trafficking in persons, and economic security. She also raised the funding for the project and managed its partnerships with a diverse array of collaborating organizations.

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New York, NY 10012
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Mallika Dutt is the President and CEO of Breakthrough, a global human rights organization that uses the power of media, pop culture and community mobilization to inspire people to take bold action for dignity, equality and justice. Ms. Dutt has served as Program Officer for Human Rights at the Ford Foundation's New Delhi Office and as the Associate Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University. She is a founder of SAKHI for South Asian Women. Ms. Dutt is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently serves on Boards of WITNESS, the Open Society Institute US Programs, and Games for Change, and on the Rights Working Group Steering Committee.

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New York, NY 10018
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President & CEO, Breakthrough

Mallika Dutt is the President and CEO of Breakthrough, a global human rights organization that uses the power of media, pop culture and community mobilization to inspire people to take bold action for dignity, equality and justice. Ms. Dutt has served as Program Officer for Human Rights at the Ford Foundation's New Delhi Office and as the Associate Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University. She is a founder of SAKHI for South Asian Women. Ms. Dutt is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently serves on Boards of WITNESS, the Open Society Institute US Programs, and Games for Change, and on the Rights Working Group Steering Committee.

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