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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Peace Revolution: Healing the Pandemic of Violence Against Women


On April 14, 2011, in the Little 5 Points Community Center in Atlanta, GA, I joined Imani Evans, the beautiful intelligence behind the powerful organization, Women Healing Women, Inc., and a host of other amazing women, who convened together to stand up for peace and its explosive power to heal the pandemic of violence against women in our society.

A panel of diverse, articulate women faced an audience of primarily women, waiting quietly for the program to begin. The panelists presented information on violence from their perspectives and the perspective of their organization. Afterwards, they answered questions from the audience, presented solutions and spoke of accountability.

Mary Anne of Zami NOBLA was the panel's moderator. The panelists were Loretta Ross of SisterSong, Inc., Lauren Zink of Hollaback Atlanta, Joan Baptist of WRFG, Tracee McDaniel of Juxtaposed Center for Transformation and Amita Rao of RAKSHA. Each woman shed light on the various ways violence against women can present itself, charging the audience with their conviction and passion to embrace the ways they can offer their healing in the world.

Elder Jones gave a passionate voice to the role of men in the eradication of violence against women. Women Healing Women founder Imani Evans spoke with fire and eloquence about violence against women in her own experience, reminding all present to become more aware of the "pain" of the less fortunate in our daily lives. Dante led a raffle and the meeting became a warm communion of like-minded souls.

GET THE FACTS..........

Globally, at least one in three women and girls is beaten or sexually abused in her lifetime. (UN Commission on the Status of Women, 2/28/00)

4 million women and girls are trafficked annually.

An estimated one million children, mostly girls, enter the sex trade each year. (UNICEF)

So-called "honor killings" take the lives of thousands of young women every year, mainly in North Africa, Western Asia and parts of South Asia. (UNFPA)

More than 90 million African women and girls are victims of female circumcision or other forms of genital mutilation. (Heise: 1994)

In Zimbabwe, domestic violence accounts for more than 60% of murder cases that go through the high court in Harare. (ZWRCN)

In eastern and southern Africa, 17 to 22% of girls aged 15 to 19 are HIV-positive, compared to 3 to 7% of boys of similar age. This pattern---seen in many other regions of the world---is evidence that girls are being infected with HIV by a much older cohort of men. (UNICEF/UNAIDS 2007)

Statistics Taken From WWW.FEMINIST.COM

Living a Golden Life by Being PRESENT
May 4, 2011

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