April 17, 2008

Video on GBV in situations of war and conflict

You can watch the video "Our Bodies, Their Battlegrounds" through this webpage. The webpage provides information about the video and the link to the video is available in the column on the right under the section "Multimedia Links".

April 15, 2008

Family Violence Prevention Minor

Here is the website for detailed information on the Family Violence Prevention Minor program, for those of you who might be interested in knowing more about it. Cindy Pavlowski had spoken about the minor in an earlier class session.

CEDAW full text

You can look at the full text of CEDAW here, if you are interested.

April 10, 2008

New course for Fall 2008

The Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the U of M is offering this new 3-credit course in Fall 08, called "Feminist Perspectives on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence". I thought you all might be interested in knowing more about it, and some of you may want to take it. The course flyer can be downloaded below:

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April 9 presentation slides

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March 26 presentation slides

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March 24, 2008

Upcoming event: SEX SIGNALS

I recently received this information from The Aurora Center at the U of M about this event that ius coming up in April. This seems like an interesting event and I strongly encourage you all to participate, as this is a good opportunity to see how theater and humor can be used as tools to prevent gender and intimate partner violence. Here is the information I received about the event:

"April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and this year The Aurora Center is hosting Sex Signals on Monday, April 28th at 7:00pm in the Coffman Theater.

Sex Signals is a provocative, in-your-face look at the good, the bad, and the ugly side of dating. Through humor and audience participation, the show explores how mixed messages, gender role stereotypes and unrealistic fantasies contribute to misunderstandings between the sexes.

We believe this unique opportunity will provide students with clarity in dealing with the often confusing experience with intimate relationships and to dispel myths about sex and sexual assault."

Download the event brochure below:

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March 13, 2008

Session 6 presentation slides

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Session 5 presentation slides

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Session 4 presentation slides

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March 12, 2008

Session 3 presentation slides

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February 27, 2008

Newspaper article of interest

One of the students shared this interesting article that has connections with our classroom discussions regarding gender-based violence with respect to cultural and religious issues from an international perspective.

Interesting event: View from a Grain of Sand

Presented as part of the Women’s Human Rights Film Series on Thursday, March 6, 12:45pm, Humphrey Center. View from a Grain of Sand is a journey through the last 30 years of Afghanistan's history as lived by three Afghan women. Shot over the last three years in Pakistan and Afghanistan, a doctor, teacher and social activist tell how their lives were violently affected by wars of international making and three different regimes in Afghanistan. Yet through all their loss, and the destruction of their homes and country, these women have endured. With courage, conviction and hope they continue to work on improving the lives of the people around them, against all odds, in this brutalized and divided nation. For more info about all of the films in the series and screening dates and locations see http://www.hhh.umn.edu/centers/wpp/women_rights_film_series.html

UN Urges End to Violence Against Women

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a global campaign to intensify efforts to end violence against women, specifically calling on men to combat the problem.

"At least one out of every three women is likely to be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime," he told the opening session of the Commission on the Status of Women on Monday. "Through the practice of prenatal sex selection, countless others are denied the right even to exist."

Ban said he will form a global network of male leaders to assist him in mobilizing men in government, the arts, sports, business and religion, as well as boys, to speak out against the scourge.

"I call on men around the world to lead by example: to make clear that violence against women is an act perpetrated by a coward, and that speaking up against it is a badge of honor," he said.

According to the U.N., the most common form of violence experienced by women globally is physical violence inflicted by an intimate partner. World Bank data show women aged 15-44 "are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, motor accidents, war and malaria."

In every war zone, violence against women has been reported during or after armed conflict. As examples, the U.N. said, between 250,000 and 500,000 women were raped during the 1994 Rwanda genocide and between 20,000 and 50,000 women were raped during the Bosnian conflict in the early 1990s.

Ban said the campaign will continue until 2015 to coincide with the target date to achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goals aimed at combatting poverty.

He said he will personally approach world leaders "to spur action through national campaigns," and will urge all countries to ensure that violence against women is always a crime. He said he will also urge the media, the U.N. system, non-governmental organizations and women's groups worldwide to set priorities and targets to end violence against women.

"We know that violence against women compounds the enormous social and economic toll on families, communities, even whole nations," Ban said.

The secretary-general said he will propose that the U.N. hold an event in 2010 to review the campaign's accomplishments and to map out steps to make further progress by 2015.

World leaders at a U.N. summit in 2005, the U.N. Security Council, and the General Assembly have pledged to combat violence against women, but the secretary-general said much more needs to be done.

The U.N. said the campaign Unite to End Violence Against Women will try to mobilize public opinion to pressure policy makers to prevent and eradicate violence against women.

February 20, 2008

Welcome

Welcome to the course blog for SW 3703 (Gender Violence in Global Perspective)