by Beth Woroniuk, WPSN-C Steering Committee Member On Monday, September 28th, the WPSN-C will join OCTEVAW (the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women) and WIIS-Canada in a twitter chat from noon to 2 pm eastern, using #PeaceIncludesWomen and #EndVAW. This is part of the 9th Annual Ottawa Peace Festival, Up For Debate and leads … Continue reading Twitter chat: How does violence against women deter sustainable peace?
“I tried to climb onto a wall but a ‘red beret’ saw me and hit me with his truncheon while another one shot me in the legs. Three of them took me towards the toilets, dragging me along the ground. One of them raped me while another ‘red beret’ pointed his gun at my head....” … Continue reading #16 Days: The Arms Trade Treaty and 16 Days of Action to Prevent and Eliminate Gender-based Violence
On November 25, 1960, three of the Mirabal sisters - Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa - were murdered. The sisters were political activists and held up as symbols of popular and feminist resistance to Rafael Trujillo's brutal dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. When the bodies of the sisters were found at the bottom of a … Continue reading #16Days: Taking Action Against Gender Violence
Jackson Katz, an anti-violence educator and author, explains how language shapes our understanding of violence against women. On the board, the phrases progressively obscure meaning and shift responsibility from John to Mary, saying (from top): "John beats Mary", "Mary was beaten by John", "Mary was beaten", "Mary was battered", and "Mary is a battered woman". … Continue reading Time to Act: Men – get involved and speak up!
WPSN-C steering Committee member, Julie Lafrenière, is currently revising guidelines on GBV interventions in humanitarian settings with UN and NGO partners. Julie Lafrenière is an independent consultant specializing in issues of violence against women and girls. A bilingual lawyer by training, Julie has spent the last ten years living in Africa and Afghanistan where she … Continue reading Member Spotlight: Julie Lafrenière works on GBV intervention policies in humanitarian settings