MEDIA ADVISORY

It is widely estimated that 1 in 3 women globally will experience sexual or gender-based violence in her lifetime; and many have nowhere to turn for help. How are faith communities in the U.S and around the world addressing sexual and gender-based violence? What more could faith leaders be doing to aid survivors and prevent sexual assault, abuse and domestic violence in their communities?

Marking International Women’s Day and the UN Commission on the Status of Women, join Islamic Relief USA, IMA World Health and WeWillSpeakOut.US for a discussion and Q & A with leading women’s protection experts from faith-based organizations on the role faith leaders can and must play in combating the devastating impact of sexual and gender-based violence on women and girls worldwide.

The panel will be moderated by Rev. Terrie Robinson, Networks’ Coordinator and Women’s Desk Officer, Anglican Communion.

Panelists include:
Salma Elkadi Abugideiri, Advisory Board, Peaceful Families
Louise Bashige, Sexual and Gender-based Violence Technical Advisor–DR Congo, IMA World Health
Rev. Dr. Anne Marie Hunter, Director, Safe Havens
Rev. Dr. Sally MacNichol, Co-Executive Director, CONNECT
Deborah Rosenbloom, JD / MPA, Vice President Programs and New Initiatives, Jewish Women International

WHEN: Wednesday, March 12, 2:30-4:00pm
WHERE: Church Center United Nations, 777 United Nations Plaza, Hardin Room, New York City

To RSVP or for more information and interview requests, contact:
Chris Glass (DC) IMA World Health / WeWillSpeakOut.US: 443-547-0278 / chrisglass@imaworldhealth.org

Melissa Winkler (NYC) IMA World Health / WeWillSpeakOut.US: 646-734-0305 / melissajwinkler@gmail.com

Michelle Strucke (DC) Islamic Relief USA: 703-209-3262 / mstrucke@irusa.org

About WeWillSpeakOut.US
WeWillSpeakOut.US is a movement of diverse faith groups from across the US that joins together with other leaders, organizations and congregations in action and advocacy to end the silence around sexual and gender based violence. Its mission is to work at local, national and global levels to raise awareness, care for victims, encourage law enforcement, influence policy and change the culture of tolerance and inaction. WeWillSpeakOut.US was launched by IMA World Health in 2013. It is an outgrowth of the WeWillSpeakOut (Global) coalition, which was established in 2011 in the United Kingdom. For more information and ways to get involved, visit www.WEWILLSPEAKOUT.US

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