– POEM, author
I was a joyful little girl in Bangladesh,
good in school, happy with family.
in my late teens, a man wanted me to wed.
family was interested; I was not.
continued to resist. He was angry.
said if he could not have me, no one would
night, when I was sleeping, he entered the window.
jumped up when I heard the noise. Then, the horror
sprayed acid in my face, and I screamed in terror.
pain was excruciating. It was a living death.
parents rushed me to the hospital.
stayed for many days, fighting for my life, my sight.
they gave me a mirror, I was horrified, in shock.
girl I used to be had become a disfigured monster.
pain and surgeries continued.
tears only increased the suffering.
one wanted to look at me. I hid.
felt my life was over, my spirit destroyed.
attacker goes free. I tried to testify. I gave up.
others like him use acid in revenge, anger.
a Foundation gave me hope. I met other victims.
was trained for work. I slowly moved forward.
I am grotesque, so ugly and disfigured.
have an inner beauty that I hope can show.
am a survivor of an acid attack.
nightmare that changed my life forever.
May 18th International
Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict
launched in Nairobi, Kenya
with a march through the city’s core. The event was organized by The
Green Belt Movement, Physicians
for Human Rights and the Wangu
was attended by over 400 people including
key government officials, local grassroots organizations,
and survivors of sexual violence. To find out more about
the campaign visit Stop Rape in Conflict www.stoprapeinconflict.org
and Turkish women's rights
Stoning and Execution” conference releases a collective
conference held in January in London by Roj Women’s
Association, the International Free Women Foundation and
the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq focused on
stoning and execution in different parts of the world in
conference ended with a collective resolution to:
Raise awareness about these crimes and to encourage and
support struggles against them in Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq,
and elsewhere where states legitimizes women’s
Work in partnership with other campaigns that bring
awareness about stoning and execution of women.
Continue efforts for femicide to be recognized as crime
against humanity like genocide is in international Law and
to form an alternative women judicial system against
Denounce these crimes and to mobilise our societies to
take stands against these medieval practices.
Raise awareness among men and to help them to involve in
the struggle for women’s equality and freedom.
Reform laws and to create new legislations against all
forms of violence and to establish Constitutions that
recognize full equality between men and women.
Highlight Kurdish women’s struggles and oppose all forms
of violence against them.
Academy for Young Men
In 2004, a group of educators, parents,
community leaders and corporate partners, led by the One
Hundred Black Men, Inc. opened the first Eagle Academy for
Young Men in the South Bronx, NY. The Eagle Model,
featuring parental involvement, academic rigor, mentoring,
combined with extended day and summer programming was put
Eagle Academy for Young Men in the Bronx was the first
single sex boys public school to open in New York City in
approximately thirty years.
Find out more at Eagle
Academy for Young Men
After Rape: A guide
to transforming from victim to survivor, written by Painter,
writer, professor, and self-described unrepentant
professional heretic, he
is also a Domestic and Sexual Violence Response
Professional with a background in work with trauma
survivors. He has worked in crisis services in prevention
of domestic and sexual violence, where he developed and
implemented programs with women's prisons, university
sports teams, churches, and Indian tribes.
2004, he became the first male given the National Award
for Outstanding Advocacy and Community Work in Ending
Sexual Violence by the National Sexual Violence Resource
Center. In 2005 he was awarded "Most
Therapeutic" by his professional peers, and he
received top marks from client evaluations every year of
his practice. In 2006 he began to teach college courses on
domestic violence and crisis intervention as an adjunct
website: This is “a deeply-moving, powerful guide for
women recovering from rape. What sets this apart from
other books on rape is that this one isn't written only by
a therapist; it's a collaboration between a therapist (and
a male, at that!), and dozens of rape survivors who
contribute their insights, journals, and art. Issues
addressed include shame, depression, substance abuse,
self-injury, spirituality, medical care, PTSD, flashbacks,
and panic attacks.”
couple of weeks ago Aja Belle reached out to us to see
if we would feature her video, Because
You Send Me Flowers on
our website as part of DV awareness and just to reach
out to those women that are battered and broken that may
just need a voice...It is our pleasure to introduce her
to our readers.
Belle had been a writer and singer for many years but
this was the song she had been waiting to write. The
song to give voice to the kind of pain and insecurity
she had been living with in previous years. Though most
of her life had been filled with music, she found
herself lost in love and a troubled relationship. Her
only freedom from that was to put down on paper what she
was afraid to speak about publicly.
Lyrics were all from her own personal experiences. The
idea of letting someone control her for so long was too
embarrassing to put to a melody and sing aloud. And who
would want to listen? The current trend in Music had
been songs about Strong Independent Divas. She felt
alone. Though her abusive relationship had long ended,
the memories seemed to still haunt her. Since an outlet
was needed, friends who loved her would be less likely
to judge her, so she decided to break her silence. She
had been living with dark secrets for months now. It was
time to let go and move on. The more she talked about
her situation the more she found her friends were having
similar problems. They too felt Battered and Broken. She
was not alone. They were not alone. Whether they were
still battling with their emotions or had been strong
enough to move on, it helped to talk.
You Send Me Flowers was not just one woman’s journey
anymore. It needed a voice.
will bring the first official mix tape of the native of
Trenton , N.J. Aja Belle has developed a unique style as
a result of a lifetime of musical influences. Growing up
in a musical family meant Aja was immersed in various
forms of music and instruments. Her mother performed
with a local music group who entertained using different
musical genres. Her grandfather, a singer and avid jazz
collector, exposed her to a wealth of music as a child
influencing her development.
an adult Aja continued to sing and write but focused
more on her life’s priorities. Finally after taking a
much needed break from music, Aja has returned. Her love
for writing has continued on through the years and
through the insistence of a few producers and local
artists she's redefining herself as an artist and
marketing as a full blown performer. Watch out for her
this year, the demand for her vocals and writing is at
an all-time high!
further information on the artist contact her directly
her Fan Page on Facebook AJA BELLE.
the official website AJABELLE.COM
and YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKyf9Dn1x2U
Passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Reauthorization of 2011
What is wrong with these
People? The U.S. House of representatives and the Senate
have yet to re-authorize VAWA. This statement written by
Farah Tanis, Co-founder and Executive Director of Black
Women's Blueprint says it all.
Women’s Blueprint applauds the Senate for working in a
bipartisan manner to pass the Violence Against Women Act
Reauthorization of 2011, S.1925. Black Women’s
Blueprint especially thanks all the activists of color
and allies for their tireless and unwavering leadership
in advocating and mobilizing around this bill. The
Senate bill incorporates input gathered over two years
from more than 2,000 activists, advocacy groups, service
providers and criminal justice professionals.
although the bill allocates critical resources that can
be used to help build a culture of accountability and
expand services and protections to more victims from
marginalized communities, it also contains compromises
that don’t respond to the needs of some of our
the bill advances in Congress, our work here on the
ground is not finished. As women of color standing at
the intersection of race, gender, sexuality, class and
more, we will continue to be relentless in the struggle
to dismantle the unacceptable systems of oppression that
designedly besiege our everyday lives. We will continue
to fight for the development of policies and initiatives
that prioritize the primary prevention of sexual
assault, respect women and individual rights, agency and
freedoms and holds harm-doers accountable. We will
consistently demand justice whether under governmental
law, at community levels, or via community strategies
for those who have been assaulted; and organize to end
sexual assaults of persons from all walks of life, all
genders, all sexualities, all races, all ethnicity, and
Gender Equality Principles Initiative
(GEP) is a groundbreaking project undertaken to help
businesses achieve greater gender equality and build
more productive workplaces. Take their 2-minute
to test your knowledge
of gender equality.
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