If you missed it, yesterday we launched the F.A.D. daily commemoration of 16 Days of Activism! That’s an international campaign to spotlight abuses against women and girls that begins every Nov. 25, the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and concludes Dec. 10, Human Rights Day. We also met the five lead characters for season one of the K-drama It’s OK to Be Sensitive!, a web series about women’s rights issues which will spark our conversation for these 16 days.
Now, watch this new episode before continuing! It’s one of the shorter ones, timing at just under eight minutes. Final warning: SPOILERS BELOW FOR THE EPISODE ABOVE!
Today, November 25, marks the global commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW). It’s a day declared by the United Nations, annually since 1999, to focus the world’s attention on the myriad ways that women and girls experience gender-based oppression. Marches and rallies take place in many cities, seeking to bring awareness of how violence against women and girls touches hundreds of millions of lives.
Hi friends! It’s been way too long since we last met on these pages. I’ve very much been wanting to write, but my regular routine has changed considerably since my last post in early December. The biggest difference between then and now? I’ve gone back to school!
Well, not in the usual sense of going “back to school.” I’m not working on another degree. Rather, I’m working for a school, the University of California, Irvine, to be specific! I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to get back into anti-violence work, something I’ve longed to do ever since I had to step away from my role with Man Up Campaign a couple of years ago. UC Irvine has hired me, on an interim basis, to serve in its Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) office as the school’s Violence Prevention Coordinator! That means I’ll be helping to lead the university’s efforts to educate and train members of its community in recognizing and stopping gender-based violence, including dating and domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, sexual harassment and stalking, and other forms of intimate partner violence. I’m excited to have this chance!
My appointment is a temporary one, as I just mentioned, while UC Irvine looks for a permanent Violence Prevention Coordinator. But I hope I’ll prove worthy of the long-term position, which I’ve already applied for.
As for the work itself, so far, it’s going well. There’s still a lot for me to learn as I get up to speed on policies and procedures, but working alongside my colleagues and connecting with the students has been truly delightful.
And hopefully, as I get settled into my new routine, I’ll be able to get back into the regular rhythm of posting on this site! Take CARE until then!
Trigger/content warning: This post deals with Donald Trump’s descriptions of how he has sexually assaulted and harassed women, as well as with the responses of several prominent male evangelicals who are downplaying his remarks. C. S. Lewis’ children’s novel The Magician’s Nephew tells of the earliest days of Narnia, a magical place made most famous by his earlier classic,The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. There is a term in The Magician’s Nephew which I have never seen used at any other time by anyone – until this presidential campaign.