Violence

Critical Issue: Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is pervasive throughout the world, as both a public health and human rights issue. It “reflects and reinforces inequities between men and women and compromises the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims,” according to the UN Population Fund. Ending gender based violence must be a priority on the international human rights agenda. Violence against women and girls was a central theme of our annual conference 2010 (June 11-12 at Hunter College) Strategic Imperatives for Ending Violence against Women: Linkages to Education, Economic Security and Health, co-presented with the U.S. National Committee for UNIFEM. Click here for details. Get the latest facts, figures, and policy perspectives on our Big Five program page.
 

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Let’s try something. What’s the first word that comes to mind when you hear “gun violence?” OK, what’s the second?...
Shyama Venkateswar, Ph.D., Director of Research and Programs, was interviewed by Pasadena public radio KPCC on March 19th. AirTalk host Larry Mantle...
Today is the culmination of the Nobel Women's Inititative's conference to end sexual violence in conflict.  And how appropriate--they are ending...
Today marks the beginning of the Nobel Women’s Initiative’s Conference on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict. This three-day conference...
Yesterday, we got some excting news from Women Thrive and the I-VAWA Coalition: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) passed the...

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  • May 31, 2010

    From Reuters:  In a plan to end the nine year conflict with the Taliban, political leaders, tribal elders and civil servant leaders will meet at a peace jirga--an assembly of leaders. The leaders will discuss reopening talks with the Taliban,...


  • May 31, 2010

    From the NY TImes: Two girls--age 13 and 14, escaped their illegal, arranged marriages, only to be returned home by police. The girls were punished by being flogged.  Poverty and tribal customs are the push behind many child bride marriages....


  • May 28, 2010

    From Human Rights Watch: Human Rights Watch has been fighting for the rights of domestic workers such as nannies and housekeepers in Lebanon as well as other areas of the Middle East and Asia.  Many of these...


  • May 28, 2010

    From The Guardian: In Rwanda, women hold much political power, and make up 56% of the country's parliamentarians, including the speaker.  By law, at least 30% of...


  • May 28, 2010

    From CNN: The American Academy of Pediatrics rescinded a controversial policy statement made in April.  The statement condemned the practice of female gential cutting but also included a section stating that...