As noted by long-time activist Liz Kelly, chair of the Child & Woman Abuse Studies Unit of London Metropolitan University, sexual violence exists on a continuüm, from predatory leers, touches and verbal harassment — to which virtually all women are subjected — on up to illegal sexual assault. Direct confrontation of the male entitlement undergirding this entire spectrum of behaviors will be critical to meaningful progress against sexual violence, speaker after speaker emphasized.
In addition to addressing the gender hierarchies and other power imbalances that facilitate victimization, we need to empower young people so that they perceive of themselves as active agents who have choices and practical tools for negotiating complex social situations.
Stieg Larsson, the author of the popular Millennium trilogy, did not feel this power when he was 15 years old. Thus, he did not intervene during a group camping trip, as three of his friends raped a 15-year-old girl. “Her screams were heartrending, but … his loyalty to his friends was too strong,” writes longtime friend and biographer Kurdo Baksi. “He was too young, too insecure.” Larsson struggled with guilt for the rest of his life, even naming the heroine of his novels after the rape victim, Lisbeth.
To empower young people in these types of situations, Carmody has developed an educational program that trains participants both in how to behave ethically in their own sexual encounters, and how to be “ethical bystanders.” The curriculum, funded by the Australian government, has been successfully introduced with boys, girls, men and women from a variety of backgrounds, from rugby players to Maoris in New Zealand to gay men and lesbians.
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The study is the first successful attempt to employ human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC) to produce a population of cells that are critical to neural signaling in the brain. In this instance, the researchers utilized cells crafted from human skin and transplanted them into animal models of myelin disease.
“This study strongly supports the utility of hiPSCs as a feasible and effective source of cells to treat myelin disorders,” said University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) neurologist Steven Goldman, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the study. “In fact, it appears that cells derived from this source are at least as effective as those created using embryonic or tissue-specific stem cells.”
In his self-described “allegorical realism” style, Sloan portrays a variety of flora and fauna in theatrical tableaus. Occasionally referencing artists Martin Johnson Heade and Audubon, animals are seen interacting uneasily with items of contemporary life like clocks, power cords, books and antique china. These interactions create a quiet tension and sometimes humor as we witness these odd dramas before us. In a recent interview in American Art Collector magazine Sloan says of the animals featured in this body of work:
“They fumble with measuring devices and collect timepieces… they stare bewildered at piles of clocks and books. In these small dramas, they actively participate in the world of modern things but with a child-like irreverence. These objects, often so valuable and revered by us are just more things to stumble over and attempt to make sense of in the animal world.”
A graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts, Nascimbene illustrated more than 50 books, 300 book covers, and countless editorial pieces for publications like The New Yorker, TIME, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Scientific American, and The Atlantic.
The practice of bride kidnapping is widespread in Kyrgyzstan and is still considered by some as a valuable tradition.
“According to these ‘traditions’, when a Kyrgyz man wants to get married, he picks a bride and starts to arrange her kidnapping. This is a grave violation of human rights. Women often experience physical violence and rape.
They feel humiliated and see themselves as property,” explains 37-year-old Kamilla, a volunteer with the Women Support Center, a grantee of the Fund for Gender Equality.
“My sister experienced all of those terrible things and once she decided to finally divorce him, she was killed by her husband.”
Her husband was subsequently convicted for murder and is serving a jail sentence. But addressing the practice of bride-kidnapping remains a challenge.
According to data by the NGO Women Support Centre, which works to eliminate violence against women, there are at least 11,800 cases of forced abduction of women and girls every year in Kyrgyzstan, with more than 2,000 of those girls reported being raped as well.
President Obama marks the 20th anniversary of the Nunn-Lugar Threat Reduction program, one of the country’s most successful national security programs.