The 2nd World Conference of Women's Shelters was held in Washington D.C. from February 27th through March 1st and Re-Drawing Reisistance was present and on exhibit. With more than 1,500 women from over 95 nations, the conference was a huge success in bringing together shelter advocates and grassroots activists working to end violence against women.
Re-Drawing Resistance is a collection of paintings, photography, poetry and videos from South Asian women survivors of violence, their families and their artist allies. The collection illustrates the power of South Asian in South Asia and across the diaspora. The collection also seeks to raise awareness of The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) which calls for Congress to authorize U.S. international aide to support programs that address violence against women.
Three members of an Afghan immigrant family in Canada have been convicted of murdering four female relatives in a so-called "honour" killing. Click here to read more.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) passed the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA, S. 2982)
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) passed the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA, S. 2982) yesterday, December 14th.
Senator Kerry, Chair of the SFRC and one of the lead sponsors of the IVAWA, made the following statement yesterday, “Today, in passing the International Violence Against Women Act, the Committee spoke with a strong and decisive voice. This historic vote sends a powerful message to the world that the United States stands against violence against women and girls, anywhere and everywhere it occurs. This bill tells women and girls that that they are valued, respected members of society who do not have to suffer in silence. IVAWA will use U.S. assistance wisely, bring greater transparency, and improve coordination inside the government and with key stakeholders in civil society. But more importantly, we are saying that now is the time for us to gather the resources and political will to turn IVAWA’s promise into a reality for the millions of women and girls whose lives will be improved as a result of this critical legislation.”
The next step is to get the full Senate and House to bring this legislation to a very quick vote, so IVAWA can pass this year. Click here for more details.
Due to an overwhelmingly positive response by staff, clients and members of the DA's office at the Brooklyn Family Justice Center, the Re-Drawing Resistance exhibit will remain on display there through January 2011.
Thank you to all who have visited the exhibit, and for those how haven't, please make time this holiday season to honor the strength of women across the world. You will be inspired!