Forum to address violence against women

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University’s Center for the Study of Violence will host a forum on Aug. 26 on the issue of international violence against women.

Purdue University's Center for the Study of Violence will host a forum on Aug. 26 from 4-6p on the issue of international violence against women. This event is free and open to the public.

Purdue University's Center for the Study of Violence will host a forum on Aug. 26 from 4-6p on the issue of international violence against women. This event is free and open to the public.

Speakers will discuss violence against women and how ending the violence promotes economic opportunity, democratic governance and security. They also will discuss initiatives such as the International Violence Against Women Act, authored by Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Vice President Joseph Biden, then a Democratic senator from Delaware.

The forum will be from 4-6 p.m. in the Anniversary Drawing Room of Purdue Memorial Union. It is free and open to the public.

Speakers will be:

  • Farida Azizi, founding member of the Cooperative for Peace and Unity and member of the Afghan Women’s Network, who has promoted rights of Afghan women locally and internationally.
  • Maj. Gen. Patrick Cammaert, a Dutch military commander who served as a United Nations military adviser.
  • Valentine Moghadam, a Purdue sociology professor and director of women’s studies, who is an expert on the financial impact of violence against women.
  • Sarah Spencer, emergency gender-based violence coordinator for the International Rescue Committee, which provides rapid response to acute crises.

Carolyn Curiel, chief of staff to President France A. Córdova and clinical professor of communication, will give opening remarks.

Esta Soler, president of the Family Violence Prevention Fund, also will give opening remarks. Soler founded the fund nearly 30 years ago. It develops strategies to prevent domestic, dating and sexual violence, stalking and child abuse. Under Soler’s direction, the fund was a driving force behind passage of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.

The Family Violence Prevention Fund is sponsoring the forum along with the College of Liberal Arts and the Open Square Foundation.

Irwin “Bud” Weiser, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will give the welcome.

The forum will launch the Center for the Study of Violence, which is a part of the College of Liberal Arts. The interdisciplinary center is designed to generate and disseminate research on violence.

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One Response to “Forum to address violence against women”

  1. Hearly Mayr says:

    Today, violence against women and girls is entrenched in every society. Worldwide, at least one of every three women has faced some form of physical or psychological repression, most notably through sex trafficking, domestic abuse, sexual assault, honor killings, female genital mutilation, child marriage, emotional and verbal abuse, and other forms of violence. These practices are unacceptable and must end now.

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