Upcoming event at GW: Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jody Williams speaks at International Women's Day

A stunning line-up of speakers for International Women’s Day Event!

When: Monday, March 4, 9:00am – 5:30pm
Where: City View Room, 7th floor
1957 E Street NW
The Elliott School of International Affairs
Washington, DC 20052

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/ZfJYnC

Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, who has just returned from a trip to Liberia and Ethiopia, will speak about the new Nobel Women’s International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict. Her memoires have recently been published by the University of California Press. Eve Ensler in the foreword says “Jody Williams is many things—a simple girl from Vermont, a sister of a disabled brother, a loving wife, an intense character full of fury and mischief, a great strategist, an excellent organizer, a brave and relentless advocate, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner”.

International Activists and US advocates for gender equality will debate the question:  Is Violence against Women a Problem with a Solution?

  • Come and listen to Rabha Elis’s fresh perspective on violence against women in South Sudan!
  • Have you heard of sextortion? Joan Winship will describe the findings of a 3-year international research project on sex as cash for services
  • How does movement building in meso-America mobilize for action on VAW? Lisa Veneklasen from Just Associates has insights to share!
  • Learn about the campaign to pass the Violence against Women Act in the US from Alexandra Arriaga – the Senate down and the House of Representatives to go!

What are the connections between gender norms and violence?

Riki Wilchins, a transgender leader who founded the first national transgender advocacy group in the US, will give us insights into her analysis and work linking gender norms and discrimination and violence

What Are Viable Responses?

Listen to a range of responses from:

  • The international Safe Cities initiative and with GROOTs International’s Sandy Shilen
  • Sheepa Hafiza will tell us about BRAC’s work in Bangladesh to build community awareness and community mobilization for prevention
  • Joe Vess from Promundo will share strategies of men’s activism and transforming masculinities in addressing violence against women
  • Keguro Macharia, a Kenyan by birth, who works in black diaspora studies and queer studies, will share pathways of stories and imaginings

Come and watch the award winning film “In the Name of the Family” by Shelley Saywell on honor killings in North America.

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