Decline of Arranged Marriages a Boon to Poverty Relief

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Arranged marriages are on the decline across the world, according to a timely article from Charles Kenny at Bloomberg Businessweek. Asia and Africa specifically saw an estimated 40% drop in the practice during the 20th century, that number from a recent paper by University of California Economist Gabriela Rubio. The decline of arranged marriages is very good news on many levels: women who are … [Read more...]

Eve Ensler on the Impact of One Billion Rising

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This week we're celebrating One Billion Rising's V-Day efforts to end violence again women and girls. The worldwide dance rally was founded by Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler. February 14th marks the second annual One Billion Rising for Justice event, which was born out of 15 years of spreading the word through performances of the play. One in three women will be raped or beaten … [Read more...]

Rise with Us and a Billion More

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In less than a week, on Valentine's Day, Billions Rising Foundation is supporting One Billion Rising and its V-Day events -- the worldwide initiative founded by Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler. ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, … [Read more...]

Roundtable Discussion for One Billion Rising

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This week is Valentine's Day. Many people will celebrate it with their loved ones. Others will take part in V-Day, a worldwide dance-based event to end violence against women and girls, put on by One Billion Rising. Founded by Eve Ensler, creator of The Vagina Monologues, the huge rally is made possible by regional coordinators across the globe, with the help of people just like you. One in … [Read more...]

How Politics Get in the Way of Self-Reliance

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Guest blog post by Myrna Throckmorton More than a few years ago, I worked for a non-profit organization dedicated to 'helping battered families'. My actual function was as a bookkeeper and paper shuffler. Unfortunately, these are necessary activities in a 'civilized' society. Having watched the modest shelter recover from financial mayhem brought on by apathy and incompetence on the part of … [Read more...]

Help End Domestic Violence for Good

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this is one of a series of posts highlighting ways that victims and perpetrators of domestic violence can stop the cycle by becoming self-reliant. The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is a social change organization. It's dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer … [Read more...]

Help Women Thrive — At Home and Abroad

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this is one of a series of posts highlighting ways that victims and perpetrators of domestic violence can stop the cycle by becoming self-reliant. Women Thrive is the leading nonprofit organization bringing the voice of women around the world directly to decision-makers in Washington, D.C. Their byline is "Because When Women Thrive, the Whole … [Read more...]

Stop Violence and Assault: No More Excuses

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this is one of a series of posts highlighting ways that victims and perpetrators of domestic violence can stop the cycle by becoming self-reliant. The only way to change a problem is to raise awareness about it. And the only way to raise awareness is to talk about it. Traditionally, people have turned their backs on domestic violence and … [Read more...]

Speak Up For Change: How I See DV

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this is one of a series of posts highlighting ways that victims and perpetrators of domestic violence can stop the cycle by becoming self-reliant. The National Domestic Violence Hotline has been helping victims escape a violent home situation, and find a new life, for almost 20 years. By calling the toll-free hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE … [Read more...]

White House Says 1 is 2 Many

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this is one of a series of posts highlighting ways that victims and perpetrators of domestic violence can stop the cycle by becoming self-reliant. Despite the current government shutdown, President Barack Obama and the White House already stepped up to take part in the initiative: Ending violence in the home is a national imperative that … [Read more...]