Women & Girls

Increased Vigilance on Campus Sexual Assaults

If one in five women were robbed at gunpoint in college, their parents, lawyers, doctors and insurance companies would storm the campus. Yet studies show that nearly one in five women in college nationwide will be victims of attempted or actual sexual assault in the course of their undergraduate careers. Fortunately, the Obama administration is requesting that colleges make public a tally of reports of dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

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Announcing the Winners of the Break The Silence Awards!

During the recent Speak Up To Take Rape Culture Down Summit at Harvard University, Futures Without Violence announced the Betsy McCandless Break The Silence Awards, which supports college campaigns and activities that encourage survivors, allies, and bystanders to take action or speak out against gender-based violence on campus [more...]

Let's Pass I-VAWA!

FUTURES applauds the U.S. Senate's bi-partisan re-introduction of the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) lead by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). IVAWA represents a huge step forward in the U.S government's commitment to ending this global scourge so that every woman and girl can live a life free from violence and fulfill her basic human rights.

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Recommendations Released on Campus Sexual Assault

This week marks an important step in our nation’s progress toward addressing violence against women on college campuses. FUTURES staff Casey Corcoran and Maya Raghu were at the White House when Vice President Biden released a report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault that addresses the dramatic changes that must take place if students are to be safe during their college years.

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Winners of the 2014 Avon Communications Awards Announced

We’re thrilled to announce the grantees of the 2014 Avon Communications Awards! The awards recognize organizations worldwide whose strategic communications tools are changing our communities, institutions, policies, and behaviors to prevent and eliminate violence against women and children. View the  full list of grantees and finalists here!

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President Launches Task Force to Prevent Sexual Assault on Campus

Launching an initiative to combat sexual assault on college campuses, President Obama today signed a presidential memorandum creating a task force to protect students from sexual assault. He also delivered a report compiled by the White House Council on Women and Girls that confirms nearly 22 million American women and 1.6 million men have been raped in their lifetimes.

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Government Allots $150 Milliion to Prevent Global Gender-Based Violence

It’s been a good week here at Futures and we hope the momentum continues throughout 2014!

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Betsy McCandless Break The Silence Awards

Betsy McCandless Break The Silence Awards

Futures Without Violence 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.

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International Violence Against Women Act Re-introduced in House!

Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL) has re-introduced the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) in the House, with bipartisan support from Reps. Nita Lowey (D-NY), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Richard Hanna (R-NY), and Chris Gibson (R-NY).

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Speak Up to Take Rape Culture Down Summit

Speak Up to Take Rape Culture Down Summit

On Saturday, November 2, FUTURES, with generous support from Avon Foundation for Women, hosted Speak Up to Take Rape Culture Down, a one-day Summit at Harvard University. The event brought together student leaders, administrators, and anti-violence advocates in the Boston area to share strategies in order to raise visibility and demand action to prevent rape and sexual assault on college campuses.

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2013 Open Square Summit

Last week, we held our first Open Square Summit in Washington, D.C! The theme of the Summit, Communications for Change, explored how communications strategies and new technologies can help prevent and end gender-based violence globally. For a full recap of the event, check out the press release.

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House Reintroduces Women, Peace and Security Act

Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Mike Honda (CA-17), and Niki Tsongas (MA-03) reintroduced H.R. 2874 the Women, Peace, and Security Act

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President Obama Addresses Human Trafficking

President Obama Addresses Human Trafficking

President Obama delivered a moving speech before the Global Clinton Initiative in New York, vowing to crack down on the widespread practice of human trafficking and calling it, “one of the greatest human rights causes of our time.” While the President’s remarks and initiatives have helped shed light on human trafficking, we have been working to combat this deplorable form of gender-based violence for decades. Futures Without Violence advocated for the passage of both the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and the International Violence Against Women Act—two crucial pieces of legislation that protect victims of human trafficking.

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Know More Say More

Know More Say More

The reproductive health consequences of sexual coercion and violence are the focus of an initiative launched by Futures Without Violence, Formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund Fund – kNOwMORE.

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Preventing Violence Against Women on College Campuses

Preventing Violence Against Women on College Campuses

With support from the Avon Foundation for Women, Futures Without Violence, launched a groundbreaking campaign to address dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault on college campuses. [more...]