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Coalition: Time for Facebook to take responsibility for gender-based hate speech

*Trigger warning* Starting on May 21, a coalition of more than two dozen organizations — including Led by Women, Action & the Media, The Everyday Sexism Project, and author Soraya Chemaly — are calling on Facebook to end its complicit approval of memes and pages that promote violence against women and gender-based hate speech. As […]

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“Special” Protections for “Special” Women: Why the Violence Against Women Act Expired

Nobody warned me. When I started to “come out” as a feminist activist – not just talking with friends, but sharing articles on Facebook, writing extensively about women’s rights, and participating in advocacy movements – nobody warned me. Nobody warned me that friends, friends of friends, acquaintances, and sometimes total strangers who’d come across my […]

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“Put Women’s Safety First”: Why the House Must Reauthorize VAWA Now

I used to volunteer at a domestic violence hotline. I spoke with women scared for their lives and for the lives of their children. They were hurt, angry and confused. Some needed legal counseling or refuge from an abusive partner. Others just needed someone to listen. If it hadn’t been for the Violence Against Women […]

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The Gift of Safety and Security

The YWCA USA is thanking those Senators and Representatives who have supported extending tax cuts for the middle class. Join us and thank your Congressman or Congresswoman – send a letter, tag them in a Facebook holiday card, or send them a Tweet.    This holiday season, I’m wishing for Congress to pass a bi-partisan Violence […]

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Domestic Violence: Everybody’s Issue

With a range of women’s concerns being pulled into the maelstrom of election cycle rhetoric, the Violence Against Women Act  (VAWA) has now become another political football. Originally co-sponsored by Democrat Sen. Joe Biden and Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch in 1994, the bill comes up for reauthorization approximately every five years. The Senate has voted […]

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Turning “Ifs” into “Whens”: College Students Like Me Need Reauthorization of a Full VAWA

I dream of a day when men on college campuses no longer rape with impunity. If that day comes, my safety and well-being will be valued more than my laptop’s.  Students found responsible for sexual assault will receive more than slaps on the wrist. If that day comes, the rape of an intoxicated woman, or a girlfriend, or […]

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VAWA & The Partisan Fight Over Violence Against Women

Headline Wednesday in The Hill read ‘GOP Concedes on domestic violence bill’.  Concedes? We’re talking about battling domestic violence and we’re fighting about it? I’m still trying to wrap my head around anyone taking the position against legislation to prevent domestic violence and provide for victims. I figured others might be having the same reaction, […]

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October: A Time to Get Tough on Domestic Violence

Falling leaves, cooler temperatures, and costumes in windows.  Autumn is here, and for us over at Fem2.0, that can only mean one thing one thing: ramping up our efforts to fight domestic violence.  September 23rd was the 17th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and this Saturday, October 1, is the start of […]

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