Real (Healed) Men Don't Hit

I found myself in a shoving match in an online forum recently. I’m guessing the other party—who insisted other women butt out from discussing a husband’s hands-on-wife’s throat incident in the press until the victim weighed in—had no frame of reference about domestic violence. Instead of just being grateful of that fact and allowing others to share their experience and support, she went on the offensive. ...more

Syrian women refugees face forced early marriages and restricted mobility: UN Women report

On World Refugee Day, UN Women launches the findings of new study on violence and a programme for Syrian women refugees who have fled to neighbouring Jordan. The programme aims to increase their access to comprehensive, life-saving protection including health, psychosocial and legal services. ...more

5 Things I Want to Tell Nigella Lawson

On Sunday, photos were published showing celebrity chef Nigella Lawson being grabbed on the throat by her husband. The photos splashed over the internet showed him holding her by the throat and her leaving the restaurant in tears. It should come as no surprise that this story caught my attention. Ten years working with women escaping domestic violence leaves its mark on a person. I will always be a victim advocate even if I am no longer in the field....more
To all of the women out there that are suffering abuse, either physical or mental take it from ...more

A Whisper to a Scream: Capturing Domestic Violence on another Level

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Roger Ebert: Not Just a Movie Critic, a Social Critic

Yesterday we lost a movie legend, Robert Ebert.  Ebert is remembered for many things and one is his willingness to make sharp social commentary that went beyond movies themselves.  One episode, which aired in 1980, is a wonderful example.  In it, he and Gene Siskel offer a feminist critique of a group of slasher movies....more

On International Women's Day, Change Is Possible

By Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women Today, on International Women’s Day, I join every individual who believes that change is possible. We are guided by a founding principle of the United Nations: the equal rights of men and women. All around the world, our voices are rising, and silence and indifference are declining. Change is possible, and it’s happening....more
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Rihanna.. Can we talk?

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Help Stop Violence Against Women - It's not OK

Violence has to stop!  More importantly, the violence against girls and women MUST stop....more

Can Eve Ensler's "Emotional Creature" Change the World?

Last weekend I was fortunate to be able to see my good friend, author and activist (and founder of V-Day) Eve Ensler’s latest play Emotional Creature with my 15-year-old daughter Jazmin. The show is a theatrical tapestry of monologues, songs and dance, performed by a dynamic cast of young women, and is based on Eve’s interviews with girls in the U.S. to girls in far-off places like Congo, Kenya and Iran. I found myself alternatively entertained, moved, saddened, angered and inspired. ...more
Loved reading this, and hope I get to see the production one day. Thank you for sharing!more

Unforeseen Obstacles of Life Part II

It was a Saturday night; I had spent the evening watching television with a neighbor, a woman whose son I had dated previously.  She left my house at midnight....more