Thursday, June 28, 2007

TimesTalks Panel on VAW

The only online reporting I could find on the New York Time's TimesTalks "Intimate Conversations with Today's Top Figures" series panel discussion on ending violence against women, comes from a NY writer, writing for a blog from the middle east. reports that the “No More Violence Against the World’s Women” panel discussion, moderated by New York Times’ reporter Celia Dugger with panelists including authors and activists from the anti-vaw community, declared that the UNDPI's blueprint for action to make measurable progress in preventing and eliminating violence against women did not go far enough to eliminate vaw, and advocated the need for men’s organizations to get more involved in the issue of gender equality and in violence against women.

Another very interesting debate arose of the pervasiveness of violence in developing countries versus developed nations.

Too bad we didn't get a chance to add one of our members to the panel.

For the full report please go here.


Anonymous said...

Anyone who has a profile on can joint the whiteribbon group there and by that virtually wear the white ribbon: .

Deb said...

I have just completed a book titled Family Terror that is available at The name of the book is significant. By calling this abusive behavior domestic violence or a domestic dispute we give permission for the violence not to be taken seriously. If a fight happened in a fast food restaurant we would not call it a hamburger dispute. It would be a crime. Also, Family Terror is a crime.
And there lies the ultimate solution. We don’t need more conventional shelters. In fact we will need fewer conventional shelters if only we treat “Family Terror” as a crime. The abuser is the criminal. It is not a logical solution to hide the victim and let the abuser run free. There are technical methods to guarantee protective orders are enforced.
If we continue down the path we are currently on, this violence and its results will multiply with each generation. Stop and think about one abuser and victim and their children. How many lives will be impacted in the next generation or next 50 years because of these people? Keep in mind that most children grow up to be either a victim or an abuser if they were raised in that environment. It is also important to note that 80% of the people who are incarcerated today grew up in abusive homes. So each of these crimes causing the incarceration, also had victims as well.
The most prudent use of funds is stopping the abuser. If the abuser is stopped, many things will change for the better. This abuse is the TRUE SILENT EPIDEMIC in our country.
Anytime there is a great deal of money being passed around, there is going to be issues embraced that are selfish and not wholesome to the good of the cause.
The big question is how can we the proper solutions started and cease the improper band aid expenses that are just plain wasteful of our tax money.