Gathering Resources for the Gender-Based Violence Group

Tamarack Verrall
Posted March 24, 2016 from Canada

We are collecting Resources related to gender-based violence. Here are some ideas. All ideas are welcome.

News: Websites and reference to articles with news, statistics, information both global and local;

Actions: Actions, petitions, hashtag movements;

Training/Mentorship: Toolkits, empowerment materials, posters, inspirational wording;

Organisations: Global and/or local;

Online tools: Specifically online educational sites/games designed for supporting women and girls in danger, materials for addressing violence against women and girls;

Other: Anything you can think of.

Together we have a wealth of knowledge, and by listing resources here, important information can be shared. Work being done is both reinforced and more widely available to us all, and our collective actions become all the more powerful.

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Adriana Greenblatt
Apr 02, 2016
Apr 02, 2016

Hi Tam I am reposting this with the links fixed!

I shared some great resources in my journal recently.  

One is a great TED talk by anti-sexist educator Jackson Katz on young men's leadership to change attitudes regarding violence against women.  This is a video I have used before in the classroom to discuss male violence against women on college campuses.  This video is featured on a fabulous faceboook page that features empowering messages and resources for young women called "A Mighty Girl."

I am pasting the description of the talk here and the link to the Mighty Girl description below!

Anti-sexist educator and activist Jackson Katz wants people to look at: “that whole range of issues that are referred to in shorthand as gender violence issues” in a new way: “they’ve been seen as women’s issues that some good men help out with, but I have a problem with that frame and I don’t accept it.” Instead, he says in his excellent TED talk, “I’m going to argue that these are men’s issues first and foremost.”

He argues that “calling gender violence a women’s issue is part of the problem.” Katz uses an analysis by feminist linguist Julia Penelope to show how changing the description changes the tone of the discussion: Start with “‘John beat Mary’.... the second sentence says the same thing in a passive voice, ‘Mary was beaten by John,’ and now a whole lot has happened in one sentence... We’ve shifted our focus in one sentence from John to Mary.” And when the focus shifts further, you get “‘Mary was beaten’, and now it’s all about Mary; we’re not even thinking about John... and the final sentence in the sequence, flowing from the others, is ‘Mary is a battered woman’... [and] John has long ago left the conversation.” Katz, who is the creator of Mentors in Violence Prevention, a leadership program focused on preventing all forms of men’s violence against women, says, “those of us who work in the domestic and sexual violence field know that victim blaming is pervasive in this realm... but in terms of preventing violence, we have to ask a different set of questions... like why does John beat Mary, why is domestic violence still a big problem in the United States and all over the world.” Once we’re thinking in this way, “then we can ask about... how can we do something differently, how can we change the practices, how can we change the socialization of boys and the definitions of manhood that lead to these current outcomes.” Katz asserts that there are “powerful roles that men can play in this work" and he calls on his fellow men to put aside the notion of a gender war and stand side-by-side with women: “We live in the world together... [we need] to get people to speak up and to create a peer culture where the abusive behavior will be unacceptable not because it’s illegal, but because it’s wrong and unacceptable in the peer culture.” He says, “there’s been an awful lot of silence in male culture about this ongoing tragedy... we need to break that silence, and we need more men to do that.” And so Katz concludes, “I hope that, going forward, men and women working together can begin the change and the transformation that will happen so that future generations won’t have the level of tragedy that we deal with on a daily basis... I know we can do it. We can do better.” 

You can watch his excellent TED talk "Violence against women — it's a men's issue," at http://bit.ly/Xq6fzu 

To read more from Jackson Katz, check out his book "The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and and How All Men Can Help" at https://www.amazon.ca/Macho-Paradox-Some-Hurt-Women/dp/1402204019?ie=UTF...

At A Mighty Girl, we believe that introducing boys to female role models is an important part of the process of fostering respect for girls and women. 

To find nearly 500 true stories of trailblazing women to share with your children, visit our "Role Model" biography collection at: 

http://www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography

For books to help your Mighty Girl learn how to build supportive, mutually respectful relationships -- as well as how to recognize and end unhealthy ones -- check out our blog post, "20 Mighty Girl Books for Tweens & Teens About Healthy Relationships," at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=11338 

 For an excellent resource for older teens and adults, we highly recommend "Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men" at http://www.amightygirl.com/why-does-he-do-that

If you’re a parent concerned that your daughter may be in an unhealthy relationship, check out the books “But I Love Him: Protecting Your Teen Daughter from Controlling, Abusive Relationships” (http://www.amightygirl.com/but-i-love-him

and “Saving Beauty From The Beast: How to Protect Your Daughter from an Unhealthy Relationship” (http://www.amightygirl.com/saving-beauty-from-the-beast

And, for stories of girls and women experiencing and overcoming abuse and violence in their lives -- which offer a helpful way to talk to young people about the widespread problem of violence against women -- visit our “Abuse & Violence" book section at http://amgrl.co/1lQzaJG

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 27, 2016
Mar 27, 2016

Hi Adriana,

These are tremendous resources. It is so encouraging to know that Jackson Katz is doing this fine work. It is also encouraging that he bases his knowledge on Julia Penelope's work. Every man who steps forward to work with men and boys is creating change that they are in a unique position to do. Being able to show his work strengthens our message as women. And  all of the sites for amightygirl are so valuable as well. It is so good to know that you are out there using this information. Thank you for making it all available here. If you would also re-post it under Resources, it will be more visible to everyone searching there. This is a great addition to this new list that we are working on!

Best wishs,

Tam

Sally maforchi Mboumien
Mar 27, 2016
Mar 27, 2016

Good initiative!!! It will be a faster way of mentoring since one can access whatever material or resource she needs. Pray we receive so many resources

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LeighaMcC
Apr 20, 2016
Apr 20, 2016

Hi Adriana, 

Amazing resources. I'll definitely be checking these out in the coming days and sharing. 

Thanks, 

Leigha

Olaoluwa Abagun
Apr 30, 2016
Apr 30, 2016

Organizations

1) Mirabel Centre (Partnership for Justice)

Website: http://pjnigeria.org

In Nigeria, this is a foremost Sexual Assault Referral Centre. Only yesterday, they received a UN Special Consultative Status.

2) GBV Prevention Network

Website: http://preventgbvafrica.org

A dynamic group of activists & practitioners committed to preventing violence against women in the Horn, East & Southern Africa.

Enmita Marin
Jun 02, 2016
Jun 02, 2016

Hi Tam,

i am working since 4 months ago with my friend Clarissa Rios (also Peruvian woman who lives in Australia). Clarissa founded EKPAPALEK WOMAN PROYECT for empower women (latinas women, especially for now in our country Peù). We have another smart, strong women who participe as volunteer. 

We promote: equal human right, break the stereotypes about "machos"/men, recognize and fight against the sexual violence (also street harassment against women and child), and also break the stereotypes in the profession, job and work. 

In may of this year we make our first seminary with 20 girls (15 years old), and was very very grateful to talk with this girls and can teach them about their bodies, their changes, and also how to recognize sexual violencia. 

A send you the link. All we did to sponsores, and for free, we are triying to take this seminary to more schools, communitys, and can reach to more girls, and also (in time) to boys. https://www.facebook.com/ekpapalekmujeres/photos/?tab=album&album_id=935...

www.ekpapalek.com

Also we manage some campaing in facebook, like: #ToysHasNoGender #LatinFamilys and other promoting the participation of the people who like the page. 

Tamarack Verrall
Jun 03, 2016
Jun 03, 2016

Hi Enmita,

This is such good work. Thanks for sending the description of what you are doing, and the link. The Facebook link does not work at the moment but if there is a solution, and/or a link that gets us to the information, that would be great. We are starting to put together as many Resources that we can find, and figuring out a good accessible way to make them known and available. The grassroots work that you are doing is so important.

In sisterhood,

Tam

Enmita Marin
Jun 10, 2016
Jun 10, 2016

Hi Tam, please you can see our work on facebook, searh for Ekpapalek Mujeres, and in album PRIMERA CHARLA TALLER, you would see the activities of that day.

also, since a week ago we are starting the campaign #ToyHaveNoGender , #LosJuguetesNoTienenGènero wich is about to demonstrate that boys and girls can explore and play with every kind of toy, not only "dolls for girls" or "truck for boys".

best regards for you

https://www.facebook.com/ekpapalekmujeres/photos/?tab=album&album_id=935...

Tamarack Verrall
Jun 18, 2016
Jun 18, 2016

Hi Enmita,

What you are doing to open the restrictions on toys is very important work. The link still does not open for me, but I wish you the best with all you are doing. If you find a way to have the link work I would be glad to share it on Facebook.

Tam