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Tuesday Blast: Men: Ending Violence is Up to You, Too
Delivered: October 8, 2014

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October 2014 Edition  



On March 12, 2015, Chicago Foundation for Women will celebrate five Chicago-area women and men for their dedication to increasing resources and opportunities for women and girls in the Chicago area.

Nominations will close promptly at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 21, 2014. Find out more details on our website. 


With the NFL’s recent domestic violence scandals, too little attention is directed toward solutions. Let’s change the conversation. Let’s talk about a systematic approach to ending domestic violence by engaging an important resource: men.  

One good thing to come out of recent headlines is the growing public awareness that domestic violence is all too common. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Here the Chicago Police Department responds to approximately 200,000 domestic related calls annually or nearly 500 domestic calls each day.  Every year, those incidents result in 30-40 domestic violence homicides.  

Research emphasizes involvement of men and boys as a key violence-reduction strategy. The United Way of Calgary and Area recently began a program called Shift: The Project to End Domestic ViolenceTheir research suggests that a “multi-pronged approach is required, including the engagement of men as role models, leaders and allies in working with other men and boys to promote healthy and positive constructs of masculinity.”   

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes. Source: Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

How will male allies actually change gender- based violence? Men should be involved with setting boundaries and policies around domestic violence. With their participation, the likelihood of men holding each other accountable will increase. The good news is that this work is already happening here in Chicago and across the globe. 

Our grantees are leading the charge and encouraging more male allies in this critical work. This week, Mujeres Latinas En Acción will host their fourth annual Maria Mangual Latina Leadership ConferenceThis full-day conference brings together approximately 400 Latinas and features professional development and leadership training, networking, and celebration of Latina accomplishments. Included in this conference will be a panel called "Engaging Men in Ending Gender-Based Violence" panel is focused on ”...the importance of men’s involvement in the movement” and will examine traditional gender roles and their impact on public attitudes. 

What would happen if organizations worked to educate and empower men to stand up against domestic and sexual violence? For three years, CFW grantee Rape Victim Advocates has held a free “Male-Ally Training” where participants learn from both RVA staff and community activists about a wide-range of topics including sexual assault 101, rape culture, the social construct of masculinity, and bystander intervention, all with the overarching theme of men's roles in the pro-feminist movement.    

Through the HeForShe campaign, over 40,000 men in the United States have committed to stand for gender equality.

Globally and nationally, male allies are being engaged, too. Emma Watson’s recent speech at the United Nations highlighted the HeForShe campaign, a global “solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all.” Another campaign that is engaging men is NO MORE. NO MORE seeks to galvanize greater awareness and action to end domestic violence and sexual assault using the voices of more than 50 celebrities and public figures.   

Empowering men to join women to end domestic and sexual violence and contribute to the conversation is a critical step to end violence against women. The NFL can learn a play or two from Mujeres Latinas En Acción and RVA about responding to violence against women: being proactive in its prevention strategy by encouraging men to work alongside women to end gender based violence. With the support of men and boys  we can end violence against women. 



Billie Jean King being interviewed
by WBEZ's Cheryl Raye-Stout

CFW Makes History!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 29th Annual Luncheon with Billie Jean King. 

Here are some of the highlights from the event:

We are thrilled to meet ALL of our matches including our $100,000 day of match- to make this the highest grossing Annual Luncheon in CFW's history! 

In response to a question from WBEZ's Cheryl Raye-Stout, Billie Jean King said, "I wanted to make a difference off the court and I made that decision really early. But, I knew I had to be number one."

CFW grantees Girls in the GameGirlForward and Project Exploration helped Billie Jean King lob 25 autographed tennis balls into the audience.

Both Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn voiced their support of working women and their families, particularly by supporting an increase to the minimum wage.

Rosalva Nava, a community organizer who works with Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI) shared her personal story of surviving domestic violence. Rosalva said, "Until I met the POWER-PAC moms (Parents Organized to Win, Educate and Renew- Policy Action Council), I didn't know you could channel anger into passion and passion could become action."

Take a look at our event video which features Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC)Its Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course trains women in a male dominated field.  

CFW in the community  

Read the Role Guns Play in Domestic Violence
It's Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and with the scandals in the NFL, the nation is finally becoming aware of this epidemic. But one aspect of the issue needs more awareness, and that's the role guns play in turning this violence lethal. 

CFW's President/CEO K. Sujata and Kathleen A. Doherty, the executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network penned an op-ed recently about the role guns play in domestic violence. Read the article HERE

Monique Brunson Jones

New Drug Law Tests Infants, Sends Moms to Jail
CFW's Director of Programs, Monique Brunson Jones, recently wrote an op-ed about a new Tennessee law. Her position was that the law, which was designed to punish women who use drugs while pregnant, can only hurt, not help, babies being born with withdrawal. She argued that we need more drug treatment programs, not laws that will deter women from seeking help. Read the article HERE.  

A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett

 A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett
On September 29, CFW was proud to be among grantees Women Employed, Arise Chicago, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and others for a roundtable with Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama. The conversation focused on what we are doing in Chicago and Illinois to ensure the economic stability of today’s working families.  




Round table with Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Round Table with Mayor Rahm Emanuel about Chicago's Minimum Wage Increase
Chicago Foundation for Women also hosted a round table with the Chicago Mayor's Office about increasing the minimum wage. 

Many of our Eleanor Network at CFW grantees were present to give Mayor Emanuel their input about raising the minimum wage in Chicago and why it is important to women. Thank you to Access Living, Center for New Horizons, Chicago Women in TradesHeartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human RightsInstituto del Progreso LatinoKinzie Industrial Development Corp., Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty LawWomen Employed, and Women's Business Development Center for your ideas and input!   

Sonia Nazario on Central American Refugee Children
Sonia Nazario has spent more than 20 years reporting and writing about large social issues in the U.S.–hunger, drug addiction, and immigration–most recently as a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

She has won numerous national journalism and book awards. Her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S., entitled “Enrique’s Journey,” won more than a dozen awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, the George Polk Award for International Reporting, the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award for Overall Excellence.

Join American Justice Committee Chicago, the National Immigrant Justice Center, Illinois Women for Compassionate Immigration Reform, and the Chicago Mayor's Office of New Americans for an evening with author Sonia Nazario, whose book "Enrique's Journey" details the harrowing experiences of children fleeing violence in Central America. The event is on Monday, October 20 at 6 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center located at 77 E. Randolph Street. The program is free and registration is required. RSVP HERE.  

Women In Hollywood Screening and Panel Discussion Event
CFW is partnering with WTTW in partnership with Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to present a free preview screening of MAKERS: Women in Hollywood. The film showcases the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country’s biggest commodities: entertainment. Join us on Saturday, Ocbober 18, 2:00 pm at the Chicago Cultural Center, 2nd floor In the Claudia Cassidy Theater for the film screening followed by a panel discussion. The event is free and open to the public. 

After the screening, stick around for a panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges faced by women making independent films. Panelist include: Sarah-Violet Bliss, filmmaker (Fort Tilden), Sepideh Farsi, filmmaker (Red Rose), Marie Ullrich, filmmaker (The Alley Cat), [all 3 filmmakers listed have films premiering at the Chicago International Film Festival], Paula Froehle, filmmaker and Executive Director of Chicago Media Project, Megan Maples, producer and President of Women In Film/Chicago, 
Moderator: Elizabeth Brackett, Correspondent, Chicago Tonight/WTTW. RSVP HERE.

Illinois House Bill 8
Congratulations to CFW grantee the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU) (along with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and Women Employed) in passing HB 8 which amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to prevent discrimination against pregnant workers. The ACLU of Illinois is a continuing source of help to victims of pregnancy discrimination by offering them legal representation when they believe their rights have been violated. Visit the ACLU's website, if you or someone you know would like to submit a complaint to the ACLU if they have been discriminated against because they are pregnant. 

 Grantees in the news

Taking Real Steps to Address Domestic Violence 
CFW grantees collaborated to write about out the danger to domestic violence survivorsdue to the crime free housing laws that many Illinois municipalities have on the books. The article was published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Lorie Chaiten, a lawyer, is the director of the reproductive rights project for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.  Kate Walz, a lawyer, is the director of housing justice for the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty LawRead the article HERE.

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