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Gender-based violence prevents women and girls from achieving equality. Valiant Voices is a conversation series that features the human rights advocates and survivors addressing injustice and disrupting oppressive systems that cause harm. These are the stories of powerful leaders creating change in their communities and around the world.

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Part II: How Can Abusive Men Change?

Thursday, June 9
12:00-1:00 p.m. CT
Speakers: Ulester Douglas, Scott Miller, Melissa Scaia
Moderated by: Lori Flohaug

Programs addressing men’s abusive behavior need to include reflection and accountability that confronts harmful gender norms and learned behaviors reinforcing male entitlement and privilege. Ulester Douglas, former director of Men Stopping Violence, Scott Miller, advocate and coordinator at Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, and Melissa Scaia, Director of International Training for Global Rights for Women and men’s group facilitator of Pathways to Family Peace, will share critical insight into how men’s behavior change programs can be effective, and what centering survivor needs in this process looks like to prioritize women’s safety.  Part I:  Can He Change? is not a prerequisite to this ongoing conversation.

Strategies for Seeking Justice for Survivors of Campus Sexual Violence through Policy, Social Media and Activism

Thursday, April 28
12:00-1:00 p.m. CT
Speakers: Nancy Cantalupo, Anissa Cartagena, Sage Carson, Keira Spann
Moderated by: Laura Williams

Sexual violence remains an all too common experience for students on college campuses. In fact, 1 in 4 women will experience sexual violence before they graduate. Our panel, including students, activists, a professor, and sexual assault expert moderator, will unpack the ways in which campus judicial processes function, and the reasons why they rarely produce justice for victim/survivors. You’ll gain insight into the ways in which student activism can shift campus responses and identify ways you can support students, their parents, and alumni in making a difference in creating campus climates that are safe for all students, regardless of gender or gender identity, sexuality, and race.
Reporting Survivor Stories: Transforming Media Portrayals of Gender Based Violence

Tuesday, April 5
11:00-12:00 p.m. CT
Speakers: Marianne Combs, Georgia Fort, Representative Heather Keeler
Moderated by: Lydia Moran

Let’s take the conversation about ending gender-based violence to the press. Mainstream reporting on gender-based violence often lacks nuance, understanding, and context, reinforcing racial and gender stereotypes that harm survivors and their communities. Moderator Lydia Moran, associate editor at Minnesota Women’s Press, will be joined by independent journalists Marianne Combs and Georgia Fort and Minnesota State Representative Heather Keeler. Guests will share how trauma-informed reporting on gender-based violence can encourage social change, empower survivors, and instigate offender accountability. Hear how you can spot and counteract myths and outdated attitudes about gender-based violence in the media.
Addressing the Ultimate Question to Stopping Gender Based Violence: Can He Change?

Thursday, February 3
12:00-1:00 p.m. CDT
Speakers: Ulester Douglas, Scott Miller, Melissa Scaia

Can an abusive partner change? Programs addressing abusive behavior need to include reflection and accountability that confronts harmful gender norms and learned behaviors reinforcing male entitlement and privilege. With Ulester Douglas, Deputy Director of Men Stopping Violence, Scott Miller, advocate and coordinator at Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, and Melissa Scaia, Director of International Training for Global Rights for Women and men’s group facilitator of Pathways to Family Peace, you’ll gain critical insight into men’s behavior change, and how centering survivor needs in this process is paramount to women’s safety.

Testimonies of Gender Based Violence and the Path to Justice

Thursday, December 2
12:00-12:45 p.m. CST
Speakers: Melissa Scaia, Alessandra Gribaldo, Allison Murray
Moderated by: Nazifa Wazirzada

Violence against women and girls is the most prevalent form of violence globally, yet it is widely underreported to the police because reporting and testifying in court is difficult and traumatizing. Survivors are often subject to judgement about their choices, and questioned about their credibility as victims of a crime. Melissa Scaia, a court expert witness in domestic violence and Director of International Training for Global Rights for Women, Alessandra Gribaldo, author of Unexpected Subjects, and Allison Murray, educator and domestic violence survivor, will share their experiences in courts, and how respect and safety can be prioritized for survivors of gender-based violence.

Being an Upstander: Meaningful Support for Survivors

Wednesday, October 20
12:00-12:45 p.m. CST
Speakers: Kia Whittier, Megan Rae
Moderated by: Patricia Cumbie

When people suspect someone they love is being abused or is hurting from trauma, they often don’t know what to do, but want to be helpful in meaningful ways. What survivors say they need for support may surprise you, and the ways you can be an “upstander” instead of “bystander” is doable and meaningful. This is a conversation that will inform you about the dynamics of gender-based violence, and can aid your understanding of how to best respond.

What Needs to be in Place to Leave and Survive an Abusive Relationship

Thursday, June 24
12:00-12:45 p.m. CST
Speakers:  Lori Flohaug, Cami Inforzato
Moderated by: Cheryl Thomas, Executive Director GRW

One in three women globally will experience some form of gender-based violence in her lifetime.  Given that statistic there’s a high likelihood someone you know is in an abusive relationship. Social pressure to “just leave” is usually not helpful, but often what people think should happen first. Family lawyer and former tribal judge Lori Flohaug, and Cami Inforzato, survivor and women’s group leader from the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, share their experiences with helping women navigate the complexities of leaving and surviving abusive situations.  Their powerful insights about the barriers survivors face, and how designing and implementing local solutions–from the courts, families, concerned friends, and other systems providing assistance–can have a global impact.

Honoring Survivors with a Memorial of Art & Healing

Thursday, April 8
12:00-12:30 p.m. CST
Speakers: Sarah Super, Survivor and Advocate & Lori Greene, Mosaic Artist
Moderated by: Patricia Cumbie, Communications Manager of GRW

Sarah Super and Lori Greene had a vision to create the first memorial to sexual assault survivors on Boom Island Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  They wanted to create a place that invited action, engagement, and remembering. Hear their powerful stories about why they created the Survivors Memorial, and how its creation has changed their lives and impacted legions of survivors.

Addressing [Mis]Representation--LGBTQ Narratives Sparking Change

Thursday, April 29
12:00-12:45 p.m. CST
Speakers: Jess Braverman, Andrea Jenkins, Erin Maye Quade
Moderated by: Cheryl Thomas, Executive Director of GRW

Addressing harmful gender norms is critical to ensuring all people are viewed as equals with rights to privacy, freedom, employment, education, health, safety and justice. Legal advocate Jess Braverman and advocacy director Erin Maye Quade from Gender Justice, and Andrea Jenkins, who made history as the first African American openly trans woman to be elected to office in the United States, are leading voices in LGBTQ liberation. Their stories of resilience and courage counter dehumanizing narratives that deny LGBTQ people their human rights. Their inclusive actions and barrier-breaking achievements will inspire you to ensure everyone lives in a community free from violence.

Serving Immigrant Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence with Community Innovation

Tuesday, May 18
12:00-12:30 p.m. CST
Speakers: Rosario de la Torre, Comfort Dondo
Moderated by: Vanesa Diaz, Martin O. Sabo Fellow Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Abuse is a significant problem for all women, and immigrant women globally are particularly vulnerable. Economic and social factors, including immigration status, are challenges to reporting violence or seeking necessary services. Rosario de la Torre, legal advocate at Casa de Esperanza, and Phumulani shelter founder, Comfort Dondo, are mobilizing to protect Latina and African immigrant women by creating bilingual shelters, and survivor support through both legal action and culturally-specific community engagement, including tea ceremonies and listening sessions. Rosario and Comfort model how to lift up all women experiencing violence by sharing their innovative solutions grounded in community realities.

Our Vision

Global Rights for Women is a leading voice in the global movement to end violence against women and girls. GRW builds international partnerships that advance laws, values, and practices to create communities where all women and girls live free from violence and threats of violence. In times of greater resistance to human rights from regressive forces, GRW makes an uncompromising commitment to the universal acceptance of women and girls’ human right to be free from violence.

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