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.

Where Do We Stand After 30 Years of CEDAW?

December 4, 2009 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird

Yesterday, three fabulous NCRW interns* and I journeyed down to the concrete maze that is the United Nations to participate in a commemorative event celebrating CEDAW’s 30th birthday. The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, often referred to as the international bill of women’s human rights, was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979. The Convention defines discrimination as


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Newly Released! Fact Sheet on the Violence Against Women Act

December 3, 2009 posted by admin

Did you know that since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has answered one million calls? Or that the Act funds more than a dozen programs and initiatives, including legal assistance to victims, education and enhanced services for victims of elder abuse, and transitional housing grant programs? Click here to download our newly released fact sheet on VAWA to learn more.


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Expert Profile

Location: 
United States
43° 36' 45.4716" N, 116° 12' 39.8736" W

Dr. Lisa McClain is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of Gender Studies at Boise State University. She researches the issue of domestic violence and sexual assault perpetrated against women with disabilities. She serves as a board member of the Idaho Equal Access Collaborative, a partnership of the Boise State University Gender Studies Program with statewide disability and domestic violence/sexual assault organizations. Through this work, McClain examines and proposes changes to the systems responding to women with disabilities who experience sexual and domestic violence. In history, her fields of specialty include the history of Catholicism, the history of religion during the Renaissance/Reformation era and gender and popular culture in early modern Europe.

Location

Boise, ID
United States
43° 36' 45.4716" N, 116° 12' 39.8736" W

Engendering Justice: Women, Prisons and Change

In the last decade, we have witnessed the population of incarcerated women increase to 400 percent. Building on this development, Rebecca Haimowitz reflects on the interlinkage between incarceration and issues such as race, class, education, national identity, and gender conformity. 

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2010 - Seven Who Rewrite the Rules

 

Monday, January 4, 2010

Profiles of seven outstanding leaders dedicated to improving women's lives: Michael Dowd, Patricia Gruber, Ilene Lang, Ana Langer, Tonya Lewis Lee, Sarwat Malik and Maria Do Socorro Melo Brandao.

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Michael G. Dowd, Defender of Women with Charges

Michael G. Dowd

Women and Public Space

November 11, 2009 posted by Cheryl Huber*

Last month, NCRW staffer Kyla Bender-Baird spoke on a panel hosted by NYU Wagner Women's Caucus along with Cheryl Huber of New Yorkers for Parks and The International Women's Health Coalition's Khushbu Srivastava.  The panel discussed "The Impact of Women in Public Service."  Cheryl's comments on the intersections of gender and urban planning brought up an often over-looked perspective. 


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“Building Bridges to Stop Violence Against Immigrant Women: Effective Strategies & Promising Models for Reaching and Serving Immigrant Women” (n.a.) 2004

"Building Bridges to Stop Violence Against Immigrant Women: Effective Strategies & Promising Models for Reaching and Serving Immigrant Women" (n.a.) 2004 provides information designed to enhance protection and services for immigrant
survivors of violence against women. www.cwig.albany.edu/BuildingBridges.pdf

URL: 
http://www.cwig.albany.edu/BuildingBridges.pdf

Intimate Partner Violence: High Cost to Households and Communities, 2009

URL: 
http://www.icrw.org/docs/2009/Intimate-Partner-Violence-High-Cost-to-Households-and-Communities.pdf

Domestic violence, economic abuse, and implications of a program for building economic resources for low-income women: findings from interviews with participants in a women's economic action program

"Domestic violence, economic abuse, and implications of a program for building economic resources for low-income women: findings from interviews with participants in a women's economic action program," by Cynthia K. Sanders, St. Louis: Washington University, Center for Social Development, 2007

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http://genderstudies.boisestate.edu/

“Report Card on State Action to Combat International Trafficking.” (n.a.) 2007

U. S. Policy Advocacy Project: National Institute on State Policy on Trafficking of Women and Girls provides an information packet on state policies and a clearinghouse for the Center's work on combating trafficking of women and girls into the United States as a crucial part of its advocacy for women's human rights.

URL: 
http://www.centerwomenpolicy.org/documents/ReportCardonStateActiontoCombatInternationalTrafficking.pdf
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