Conference Purpose: Men Can Stop Rape, Inc.’s (MCSR) First National Conference on the Primary Prevention of Men’s Violence Against Women, “Men and Women as Allies,” will be held April 14‐15, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.
As the leading non‐profit organization dedicated to mobilizing male youth to prevent violence against women, Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR) has served the international community for over a decade with its Men of Strength (MOST) Club youth programming, Strength Mediaworks public education materials, and Strength Trainings for professionals.
Who Should Attend: All rape crisis and domestic violence center personnel, educators, youth‐serving professionals, health care professionals, mental and behavioral health providers, social workers, health professional students, health policy leaders, activists, advocates for victims of domestic violence and others.
Co‐sponsored by 35 international SA/DV coalitions, youth‐serving organizations, and service providers, “Men and Women as Allies” hopes to strengthen the field of primary violence prevention by highlighting successful partnerships between direct service providers and those who work in primary violence prevention.
The conference will include fourteen workshops, keynote addresses from national and international leaders, federal agency briefings, and a “Welcome to Washington” evening reception.
Workshop topics include
• “How Men Speak Out Against Violence Against Women”
• “How Men Can Support Survivors”
• “Can Women and Men Play the Same Role in Primary Prevention?”
• “How Men and Women Can Work Together to End Domestic and Sexual Violence”
• “The Importance of Redefining Strength and Masculinity”
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH)
? The history of the reproductive justice movement
? The basics of community organizing
? Skills for launching a reproductive justice campaign
After the training, LOLA graduates will continue to be part of NLIRH’s larger network of Latina advocates (with activists in Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, Minnesota, Florida and Illinois) as well as become leaders on reproductive justice issues in their communities. This training is co-sponsored by La Clinica del Pueblo and the Mary’s Center. To Apply: Please send the attached application to Miriam Pérez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are due by April 23, 2008. The training is free and food will be provided as well as child care upon request. This training will be conducted entirely in Spanish, basic proficiency in understanding and speaking Spanish is required.
Hosted by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Date: Thursday, May 8, 2008
Time: 12:15 - 1:30 PM
Hagar Cambodia CEO Talmage Payne will give an overview of the organization’s work with abused, destitute, and trafficked women and children in Cambodia. Hagar provides short and long term recovery services, literacy education, soft skills pre-employment training, and vocational skills training. Upon recovery, most women have their first formal work experience in one of three Hagar businesses. Special emphasis will be given to how these programs facilitate the recovery and rehabilitation of survivors of trafficking.
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Members of the Liberia and Sierra Leone staff of Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST) , a coalition of faith-based groups, will be on-hand to share insights on how collaboration has been the key to their success. From partnerships with local government to referral systems with other NGOs, each will describe how establishing and nurturing relationships between agencies has helped broaden their reach. Both the projects in Sierra Leone and Liberia are aimed at raising public awareness, while bringing together village groups, service providers and law enforcement. Presenters will discuss the programs’ progress, challenges, and lessons learned. Other members of FAAST will be on hand to provide additional looks into the challenges and opportunities of FAAST projects in post-war settings.
Trafficking Survivor Ruth Kamara, Community Affairs Officer for the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking in Sierra Leone.
Wellington Kollie, Project Manager for Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking in Liberia
Janet Nickel, Project Coordinator for Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking in Liberia
To confirm your attendance, please RSVP to Mark Forstrom at ForstramMA@state.gov by noon, Monday, June 16th. Building security requires proof of valid photo identification to enter the building.
NCADV's 30th Anniversary Conference: Building Grassroots Leadership for Social Justice July 18-23, 2008 The Omni Shoreham Washington, DC *With a special Legislative Action Day being held Tuesday, July 22nd Register now via: www.ncadv.org
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