Eliminating Violence Against Women
Date posted: November 22, 2018
November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The 2018 theme is Orange the World: #HearMeToo and like previous years, the date marks the launch of 16 days of activism that will conclude on 10 December 2018, International Human Rights Day.
Did you know that 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime?
Violence has a profound impact on learning. Our Brilliant Brains: Learning in the Aftermath of Violence is a video by Jenny Horsman. In it she explains how experiences of violence, in all forms, can make it hard to learn and make sense of the world around us. She introduces simple strategies that can help people return to learning with greater ease, in the aftermath of violence.
If you are working with students who have experienced violence, two places you can find more suggestions for supporting their learning are:
Financial independence can help women recover from family violence. Economic Empowerment Strategies for Women is a Canadian financial literacy curriculum designed for women who have left or are planning to leave an abusive relationship. In addition to financial basics, it includes strategies to address the safety and economic challenges of ending an abusive relationship, to work through challenges after an identity change, and to address an abuser’s misuse of the woman’s personal records.
There is fiction written for adult literacy students on the theme of family violence. Here’s a sample:
- Clear Skies: a family violence story (Also available online.)
- Contingency Plan
- Frozen Tears
- Dragonslippers : this is what an abusive relationships looks like
- Leaving Abuse (online)
- One Woman’s Courage (Also available online.)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to borrow any or all of these.