Ending Gender Based Violence through Public Discourse...

Dayanara
Posted September 11, 2017 from United States

Hi sisters of World Pulse all over the world,

It is with great pleasure that I am announcing my acceptance to the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworack-Peck School of Social Work, Doctorate of Social Work. It is here that I will take everything that I learned about being a citizen journalist and all that you as members of World Pulsehave taught me about violence against women globally and take on over the next two years the American Association of Social Work and Social Welfare Grand Challenge to End Gender Based Violence. As I work through what I will create I will have you all in mind and continue to read your political and personal posts, opinions and ideas about the impact that violence against women is having on you and women and girls in your countries and how it relates to what is happening in the United States.

Today, I want to share with you some thoughts I have about how we can influence public discourse in our communities around ending gender based violence. Public discourse is our ability to talk about the most pressing issues in our lives in a way that makes us responsible for how people listen to the issue that we are talking about and become leaders in our communities that value, public opinion, self reflection story telling and become active contributors of public policy change.

As I embark on a two year journey back into the institution of education I am struggling with public discourse not because I don't know what am talking about but because I am now learning how to speak to different communities about the same issue. There is a language of "I" that I have been using for over 20 years to talk about gender based violence with community victims and survivors of different racial, ethnic and cultural communities that now requires me to back up withevidence based research and facts, not just my opinion or experience.

I want to learn how to keep my voice that supports me in relating to everyday community members while at the same time winning at the game of effective public discourse where I can "switch" and"pass" when its necessary.

After all, I understand that when we take social issues on in such a big way the cost is that we are responsible for being able to play at all the tables.

Towards a world free from Violence

DEE

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sherifa
Sep 12, 2017
Sep 12, 2017

Congratulations and we are very proud of you. I know that sometimes it will be difficult to share you views but it is for a good course.Give it all your best and follow your passion.

I believe that you will make us proud during the two years and more.Once again congratulations.

Nakinti
Sep 14, 2017
Sep 14, 2017

Dear Dayanara,

Congratulations on your acceptance. May you study hard and continue the fight again gender based violence. We will be hear, following you on how you make progress. Please, do share with us, right here, the progress of your studies and the impact you will be creating.

Love

Nakinti

April_rain
Mar 20, 2018
Mar 20, 2018

Congratulations Dayanara! This is fantastic news. I hope it's been going well so far. Looking forward to reading more of your experiences as you take on the fight of Gender-based violence on a bigger scale.

Blessings.

Aise Jisimah
Mar 23, 2018
Mar 23, 2018

Congratulations Sister Dayana, trust your studies is going on well. Keep up the flight against all forms of violence on women, together we will make this world a better place for us and generations to come free from violence and abuse.

Ngwa Damaris
Apr 08, 2018
Apr 08, 2018

Hi Dayanara, Congratulations and good luck.Thanks for your urge in finding solutions to ending violence because that has been one of our major challenges. May God grant you strength

Araba
Apr 14, 2018
Apr 14, 2018

Dee, I agree with you. The more we take on social discourse, the more we are able to effect the change that we want to see. Keep moving girl!

Princesse MUHINDO
May 30, 2018
May 30, 2018

Bonjour à tous les membres worldpulse, c'est avec plaisir que j'encourage notre amie DAYANARA pour son combat qui est le nôtre car nous devons tous agir en responsable de ses actes avec l'amour du prochain pour éviter toute violence à notre défaveur et tous vers le progrès.

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