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Healthy Relationships and Consent: Muslim Youth and Safety

December 3rd, 2018 by Nadiah Mohajir, Founder and Executive Director of HEART Women & Girls
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When I was in third grade, my best friend – who was in fifth grade – came running home after school, pulling me into my room, shutting the door, and exclaiming out of breath, “You will NOT believe what I learned today.”

And then, complete with diagrams of x’s and y’s, my friend told me all about her sex education class.

I listened intently, not interrupting her a single time. When she was finally done, she looked up and said, “So? What do you think? Can you believe it?”

Very calmly, I looked right back at her and very confidently said, “Well, that’s nice, but I just want you to know, Muslims don’t do that. So I really don’t know what you just learned.”

She looked right back at me with the same confidence and said, “They do. I asked my teacher.”

And that, friends, is how I came to …

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How to Improve the Health of Survivors of Domestic Violence

October 29th, 2018 by
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Our preliminary findings from a recent project are clear: partnerships between health care providers and domestic violence advocates can lead to better access to health care for survivors.

In recent years, health and domestic violence (DV) advocacy programs have increasingly partnered together to improve the health and safety of survivors, yet there is little data on the impact that these partnerships have on survivor health access and health outcomes.…

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Unable to Leave: Economic Sabotage and Exploitation in Abusive Relationships

October 25th, 2018 by Sarah Gonzalez Bocinski, Program Manager, Economic Justice and Workforce Initiatives
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Inevitably, when I share with an acquaintance that I work to end domestic violence, I am met with the response, “Well, why doesn’t she just leave?”

In my experience, the answer to this question is: “Because she can’t afford to.”…

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Bracelets That Link Us

October 22nd, 2018 by Leila Milani, FUTURES' Senior International Policy Advocate
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Last month, Futures Without Violence put out a call for people to make bracelets in celebration of the International Day of the Girl (Oct. 11), to be sent to our office in Washington, DC as a way to connect the local to the global, create a space where groups of young people would speak about the obstacles and challenges girls face daily, and to nurture civic engagement.…

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A Call for Empathy

September 25th, 2018 by Aaron Polkey, FUTURES' Staff Attorney, Outreach and Engagement
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As the #MeToo movement coincides with allegations of sexual violence against a Supreme Court nominee, I am charging men with a key first step: just listen.…

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