Did you know that 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the original Violence Against Women Act? Throughout the year, we look forward to commemorating the groundbreaking legislation as well as the outstanding champions who helped make it happen in 1994.
In December, Esta Soler had the privilege of delivering a TEDTalk about the tactics and technologies that helped fuel our social movement and the passage of the Violence Against Women Act twenty years ago. She says it was daunting to condense a lifetime into 11 minutes, but that’s the fun of a TEDTalk! Have a look.
We’d also like to hear from you about your own memories and experiences in the movement to end violence against women and children. Who inspired you? What are some of your most memorable moments?
Help us celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act by contributing your own photos, videos, and recollections that illustrate the impact we have had. We'll be compiling them to share on our website and social media!
The Women, Peace, and Security Act was introduced this week in the Senate by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL). We applaud Congress’s bipartisan support of legislation, which would:
- Promote the active participation of women in all aspects of conflict prevention and resolution,
- Integrate the interests of women into conflict-prevention strategies,
- Enhance women and girls’ physical safety and economic security, and
- Ensure that women and girls have equal access to aid.
The act would codify into law the commitments outlined in the National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, which was released by President Barack Obama and Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2011 to help reduce violence against women and girls, and expand women's roles in reducing conflict.
“For too long, women have been left out of peace negotiations – even though they are disproportionately affected by these conflicts,” Sen. Boxer said. “It is critical that women are full and active partners in the resolution of conflicts around the world.”[more...]
Futures would like to announce the Betsy McCandless Break The Silence Awards, which will support college campaigns and activities that encourage survivors, allies and bystanders to take action or speak out against gender-based violence on campus.
Four awards of $2,000 will be distributed to four college or university students or student groups in Massachusetts. These awards honor the legacy of Betsy McCandless, a graduate of Simmons College who was murdered by her violently abusive ex-husband. The Break The Silence Awards, established by Betsy’s brother Stephen, will further honor her memory, and be awarded in 2014.
All Awardees Must:
- Honor the experiences of survivors and present gender-based violence as unacceptable and preventable.
- Focus on preventing or improving responses to sexual assault, stalking or dating violence on and around college or university campuses.
- Encourage and motivate fellow students to take action by offering specific steps for individuals to make a difference. [more...]