that V word

by Molly Moylan Brown Thrust a female private part into the title of a theater piece and you’ve started a resistance. You incite perplexity and trepidation, an acute sense of taboo—resistance. It begins with language, the words we say and the words we avoid. Vagina. Why does that word assault us when we hear or …

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Day 15 of 16: Preventing Gender-Based Violence: Theater for Social Change

by Jennifer Post Dräger, AWC Berlin member I first encountered Theater for Social Change as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where Professor Patrick Sims led a troupe of diverse students in the Theater for Cultural and Social Awareness program. University departments and local nonprofits alike engaged the troupe to help their community …

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Day 13 of 16: Fortifying Young Girls Against Gender-Based Violence

by Vanessa Hansen, AWC Berlin member How do you prevent Gender-Based Violence? By raising mighty girls who grow up to become mighty women! The Girl Scouts program, beginning as early as age 5, provides opportunities to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. It empowers them to make confident decisions about their own lives and …

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Day 11 of 16: An insufficient response to violence against female migrants in Accra, Ghana

by Samantha R. Lattof, AWC Berlin member “Why was she beaten? Did she steal something?” asked the triage nurse as we arrived in the Accident Centre. I was well aware of the stigma and insults that female kayayei migrants experience in Accra; it was a common theme that arose in the interviews we conducted. But …

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Day 9 of 16: A US Caseworker’s Experience with GBV

by Jennifer Padfield, AWC Berlin member The United Nations Development Fund for Women estimates that at least one of every three women globally will be beaten, raped, or otherwise abused during her lifetime. In most cases, the abuser is a member of her own family.[1] Simone is a twenty year old woman with two children …

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Day 8 of 16: RAINN … every 109 seconds

by Carolyn Stransky, AWC Berlin member Every 109 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. Meanwhile, only six out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison. These are the statistics that the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) has been battling for over 20 years. RAINN is the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the …

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