Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tapestries of Hope's Director Invited to Speak at United Nations

The following is the United Nations invitation Tapestries of Hope's Director Michealene Cristini Risley received recently:

Permanent Missions, NGOs and headquarters staff are cordially invited to attend an interactive panel on

The Role and Responsibility of Men in Preventing Violence Against Women

Monday, 25 February 1.15 pm
Conference Room 2, UN Secretariat Building

Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of men who are working hard to end all forms of violence against women throughout the world. To accelerate this momentum and create a critical mass, the United Nations Secretary-General will, as part of his multi-year campaign to end violence against women, enlist the support of men leaders in mobilizing men and boys for action.

Please join us in a dialogue with a survivor of violence, a government official and three men activists on the intrinsic contribution and responsibility of men in preventing violence against women in an inter-active panel.

Michealene Risley, women's advocate, author and award-winning documentarian

Marie Delva, a "face of courage"/survivor of violence who turned adversity into opportunity to help herself and other survivors in Haiti

Todd Minerson, Executive Director, White Ribbon Campaign - the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women

Captain Aimable Mushabe, a Rwandan military officer implementing measures to protect women against violence

Prateek Suman Awasthi, a young leader actively working with Indian youth and women to end violence against women

Kevin Powell, writer, author of seven books, including The Confessions of a Recovering Misogynist,and political activist involved in pro-feminist and anti-sexist work

For further information, please contact:

Patricia Cortes, Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), Tel.: 1 917 367 3197, Email: