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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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Day 7 of 16 – The Power of Language: How the V-Word Changed My Life

by Allegra Silbiger, AWC Berlin member There was no word for the most private parts of me when I was growing up. On the surface, we were a progressive household, with left-leaning politics and generous yearly donations to Planned Parenthood. The obligatory copy of “The Joy of Sex” was there for all to see on …

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Day 5 of 16: When domestic violence hits close to home!

by Karen Castellon, AWC Berlin member One evening, while travelling on a business trip, I happened to be browsing the internet and saw in my local hometown news that a woman had been strangled to death by her husband during a dispute over their impending divorce.  The police, called by the couple’s only child, arrived to arrest the …

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Day 4 of 16: The Story of JACK

by Karen Castellon, AWC Berlin member What is human trafficking and who are its victims?  Human trafficking is the exploitation of men, women, and children who, through force or deception are made to work, for example, in prostitution, catering or agriculture.  In addition, other forced illicit activities include trafficking in organs, lured by the promise …

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Day 3 of 16: Human Trafficking – a personal encounter

by Suzy Nguyen, AWC Berlin member Pacific Links Foundation is a grassroots organization fighting against human trafficking of Vietnamese girls and women, one person at a time. It has been worthy of our family’s attention for over 5 years. The foundation was started by my husband’s friend from Harvard and that’s how we’ve come to …

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DAY 2 of 16: GVB is a global healthcare issue that demands attention!

by Claudia Tessier, AWC member The following has been adapted from “Gender-Based Violence: A Threat to Women’s Reproductive Health,” a Policy & Issue Brief prepared by Population Action International,  2013. The WHO guideline information comes from its publication entitled “A Practical Approach to Gender-Based Violence: A Programme Guide for Health Care Providers & Managers.” …

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DAY 1 of 16 – November 25th International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

“Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. It imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies. The world cannot afford to pay this price.” — Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General Today is DAY 1 of The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. AWC …

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Women & Leadership: The Path Ahead

by Molly Moylan Brown On October 12, 2016, The American Women’s Club of Berlin (AWC), in cooperation with the DRIVE Volkswagen Group Forum, hosted Women in Leadership: The Path Ahead to a full house on Berlin’s Unter den Linden. The keynote speech was delivered by Kimberly Marteau Emerson, Member of the Board, Human Rights Watch; …

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