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By JaclynF

I’m beyond honored to be attending the Nobel Women’s Initiative’s conference on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict, at which over 100 women from around the world – activists, academics, security experts, corporate leaders, and Nobel Peace Laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebdai and Mairead Maguire – are coming together next week to forge a new security, and a future free of sexual violence in conflict. You can read a great (though definitely trigger-warning-worthy) overview of the issue and the conference’s approach to it here.

I’m also super excited that I’ve been given permission to liveblog and livetweet some of the proceedings, so that y’all can listen in and I can share some of your comments and questions with this incredible group. I’ll be doing the liveblogging right here (as well as at Feministe), and I’ll be focusing on the three overview panels, which are:

Monday, May 23 @ 11:00AM Eastern

Where are we now and what needs to be done? This panel will review what is being done and what needs to be done to prevent sexual violence in conflict. Reflecting on successes and obstacles, speakers will discuss initiatives/techniques at the international, national and local level to prevent atrocities and protect women.

Moderator: Joanna Kerr – Action Aid International, South Africa
Speakers (TBC):
Joanne Sandler – UN Women (including special message by Margot Wallstrom)
Charlotte Isaksson – Armed Forces, Sweden
Binalakshmi Nepram – Manipur Women Gun Survivor Network, India

Monday, May 23 @ 3:00PM Eastern

This panel aims to give a round up of efforts to prosecute perpetrators at the international and local levels. From the International Criminal Court to grassroots mobile courts, women have spearheaded various alternative and innovative forms of justice. What is needed to strengthen these efforts to ensure greater accountability and prosecution?

Moderator: Susannah Sirkin – Physicians for Human Rights, US
Speakers (TBC):
Anuradha Bhagwati – Service Women’s Action Network, US
Naw K’nway Paw Nimrod – Women’s League of Burma, Thailand
Dr. Emily Adhiambo Rogena – University of Nairobi, Kenya
Andrea Medina Rosas – Red Mesa de Mujeres de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

Wednesday, May 25, 10:00AM Eastern

What does a survivor-centered strategy look like? How are women activists on the frontline defending and surviving violence and risk? This panel is meant to spark discussions around possibilities and approaches for a comprehensive response for women activists and survivors of sexual violence in conflict. By drawing the links between trauma, justice, health, livelihoods, security and reconciliation, participants reflect on what is needed to support women in finding their voice and reclaiming their lives to forge a new security.

Moderator: Lisa VeneKlasen – Just Associates, USA
Speakers (TBC):
Wangu Kanja – Wangu Kanja Foundation, Kenya
Shereen Essof – Just Associates Southern Africa, South Africa
Safaa Adam – Community Development Association, Sudan
Patricia Ardon – Sinergia N’oj, Guatemala

You can click on the links in the panel names to get a reminder for any of the liveblogs, or just tune back in here at the start of the liveblog. I’ll also be livetweeting as I can from the rest of the conference – you can follow me at @jaclynf.

All of this talk is going to conclude with Thursday’s Day of Action to End Sexual Violence in Conflict — details coming soon on how all of us can get involved. I really hope you’ll join me.

By JaclynF

Boston SlutWalk 2011

It’s official: I’m speaking at the Boston SlutWalk! Inspired by the recent SlutWalk in Toronto, this event will not only entail standing up against rape culture and slut-shaming, but will also create an environment of grrrl love and a sense of solidarity.

We will be marching in protest of rape culture and slut-shaming, and ending with speakers (including moi!), workshops, and other activities!

By JaclynF

Eastern MA Abortion Fund Triathlon

Come cheer me on as I power through the ultimate triathlon: Wii bowling, karaoke-ing, and playing board games, all to support the crucial abortion access provided by the Eastern MA Abortion Fund.

Can you help me reach my goal of raising $1000 to ensure that everyone has access to safe, legal abortions? Just click here to give whatever you can.

And join us at the triathlon (where you can really just drink beer)!

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
at Milky Way in Jamaica Plain

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

By JaclynF

UC Santa Barbara

Yes Means Yes: How healing the sexual culture can help stop rape

Based on Friedman’s hit book Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, this talk will connect the dots between how the culture shames women for expressing their sexuality, how the media uses empty images of female sexuality to fuel sales, and how rape is allowed to function in society. Plus: practical action steps that everyone can take to start making change now.

By JaclynF

How Feminist Digital Activism Is Like the Clitoris

I’m presenting in Berlin at re:publica: the conference for blogs, social media and the digital society.

How Feminist Digital Activism Is Like the Clitoris

With recent actions like the Twitter campaigns #mooreandme and #prataomdet (“Let’s talk about it”), it’s the visible, concentrated tip of feminist organizing online that gets all the attention. But those flashy actions are supported by a complex system that extends deep below the surface, in which social media is enabling us not just to organize for short term goals, but to build relationships and a robust long-term movement.

We’ll explore the anatomy of this movement, learn about the most effective ways to stimulate it (some of them may surprise you!), and together uncover new ways that digital media can help us all achieve the deeper, longer-lasting activist satisfaction we yearn for.

By JaclynF

Taking Sexy Back: Why and How to End the Media’s Sexualization of Girls

The American Psychological Association’s Task Force Report on Sexualization of Girls became the most downloaded document in the history of the APA’s website, because it exposed a simple truth: The media’s sexualization of girls is hurting both children and adults. We’ll review that revealing data, explore the difference between content that’s sexual and content that’s sexualizing, learn what girls are already doing to fight back against this damaging and pervasive trend, and build on best practices for replacing dangerous media images with healthy representations of both girls and sexuality. You’ll leave with concrete tools to counter the dominant narrative, a comprehensive resource guide, an action plan you can implement in your own work, and a community of girls and adults to back you up. Together we’ll challenge the belief that “it’s just the way things are,” and demonstrate what the alternatives can be.

I’m honored to be moderating this session, featuring Jean Kilbourne, Diane Levin, and Diana Martinez, at the Nation Conference for Media Reform. Waterfront 2.

By JaclynF

How New Is New? Diversity in Emerging Media

The future of journalism is about more than finding a new business model for the same old news. Media’s reinvention is a chance to re-imagine what news could look like if diversity – of sources, stories and staffing – were a core value. Some emerging outlets and organizations strive to fully integrate ideals of inclusivity in defining what and who is news; how does this change the stories they tell? This discussion challenges the idea of diversity as a static “good thing” to be tacked on to our work, and asks what it means to do news a truly new way.

I’m joining Letrell Crittenden, Florence Hernandez-Ramos, and Janine Jackson for this crucial discussion at the National Conference for Media Reform. Harborview Ballroom 1.

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