UN CSW Panel 2014

As the secretariat of the WeWillSpeakOut.US coalition, IMA World Health is working with Islamic Relief USA to co-host a side event at the 58th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), taking place March 10-21 in New York.

The panel, titled, “Engaging the Faith Community to Address Sexual and Gender Based Violence,” will be held at the Hardin Room at the Church Center of the United Nations (777 UN Plaza) on March 12, 2014 from 2:30 to 4pm.

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The priority theme of this year’s CSW is Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls. Sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) is a critical issue affecting the health, education and economic development of women and girls – key concepts driving the Millennium Development Goals.

The multi-faith panel will include faith leaders and SGBV experts including:

  • Rev. Dr. Anne Marie Hunter – Director, Safe Havens. Dr. Hunter is an ordained United Methodist pastor.  She received an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School in 1986 and a Ph.D. in Religion and Society from Drew University in 1991. While attending Harvard and Drew, Hunter worked for two battered women’s service groups: Harbor Me in East Boston, MA and Jersey Battered Women’s Services in Morristown, NJ. Hunter also served for six years as the pastor of East Saugus United Methodist Church in Saugus, Massachusetts.  In 1991, Hunter linked her pastoral, seminary, and domestic violence services experience and founded Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence, a small, grassroots nonprofit. Safe Havens empowers diverse faith communities to respond to victims with resources, support, and referrals and helps faith communities and service providers work together to address domestic violence and elder abuse. Contact:AMHunter@interfaithpartners.org.
  • Deborah Rosenbloom, JD/MPA – VP of Programs and new initiatives, Jewish Women International. Ms. Rosenbloom is responsible for directing and implementing JWI’s programmatic work to end and prevent violence against women and girls. For over a decade, Ms. Rosenbloom has led JWI’s innovative efforts, which include engaging the Jewish and inter-faith communities in advocacy and resource development, providing training to the domestic violence professional community, empowering men and boys to be allies, advocating for anti-violence legislation and collaborating with diverse organizations. She manages several faith-based initiatives, including a Clergy Task Force that empowers spiritual leaders to address abuse in their congregations, a Federal grant to engage men and boys in violence prevention and healthy masculinity in the Orthodox Jewish community in Baltimore, and the Interfaith Coalition that advocates for legislation to protect women and girls. Ms. Rosenbloom is a contributing author and editor of JWI’s series, Women, Relationships & Jewish Texts and has written extensively on intersections of public policy and law.  She attended The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, holds a BA from Cornell University, and a JD/MPA from Syracuse University. Contact: DRosenbloom@JWI.org.
  • Rev. Dr. Sally MacNichol – Co-executive Director, CONNECT. Rev. Dr. MacNichol has been an anti violence activist, domestic violence advocate and educator for over 25 years. She has counseled victims of domestic violence, run empowerment groups for survivors, worked with batterers, as well as trained hundreds of staff from child welfare programs and community based organizations as well as clergy across New York City’s five boroughs. She has served on numerous committees working to reform NYC’s domestic violence policies and practices. In 2004, Sally developed CONNECT Faith which works in collaboration with New York City’s diverse faith communities to create and strengthen their response to gender and family violence.  She serves on the board of Freedom House, one of the few domestic violence shelters in the country for people with disabilities, and House of Peace, a nonprofit organization working to address intimate violence in NYC’s Muslim Communities. Sally has her Masters of Divinity and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Union Theological Seminary. Contact:  SMacNichol@connectnyc.org.
  • Salma Elkadi Abugideiri, LPC – Advisory Board, Peaceful Families. Salma Elkadi Abugideiri is an Advisory Board Member of the Peaceful Families Project. Salma provides educational workshops and develops resources related to domestic violence among Muslims. She is a contributing author to several books including Walking Together: Working with Women from Diverse Religious Traditions, and Change from Within: Diverse Perspectives on Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities. She has also co-authored a brief guide for helping professionals entitled What Islam Says About Domestic Violence. In addition, she is associate producer of the video Garments for One Another: Ending Domestic Violence in Muslim Families. Salma is also a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Reston, VA.
  • Louise Bashige – Sexual and Gender Based Violence Technical Advisor, IMA World Health. Ms. Bashige is IMA World Health’s SGBV Technical Advisor in the DRC dealing with an holistic SGBV Project approach (medical, psychosocial, legal, socio economical reinsertion and community mobilization). Ms. Bashige is in charge of the project quality, designing strategies and capacity building and has 30 years experience working in communities, especially capacity building in areas of gender and justice, security, protection and women’s empowerment. Ms. Bashige has a UD in Public Health and Health Promotion from the School of Public Health of Nancy in France and a degree in financial and administrative studies in DRC. Contact: LouiseBashige@imaworldhealth.org.
  • Rev. Terrie Robinson – Networks’ Coordinator & Women’s Desk Officer,Anglican Communion. Rev. Robinson supports the global networks of the Anglican Communion in creating clusters of energy and resource around particular themes in mission. She provides a focus for information sharing and support for women throughout the Communion and, in particular, has supported a growing movement in the Communion to end and prevent gender based violence and care for survivors. Rev. Robinson is a steering group member of the international We Will Speak Out coalition. Contact:Terrie.Robinson@anglicancommunion.org.

This event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Leila Nimatallah, Director of WeWillSpeakOut.US, at leilanimatallah@imaworldhealth.org.