Civic Engagement Week started last Saturday and will continue until April 16.
Organizing the events is the Center for Civic Leadership. Many activities have been planned, highlighting different organizations, including the International Violence Against Women Forum.
To start the week off, the Hispanic-American Leadership Organization had their regional conference at the Memorial Union. The Outstanding Tigers Ceremony, sponsored by Tigers in Service, was Sunday.
Tuesday got the week going with Times Talk “Reducing Violence Against Women,” followed by International Violence Against Women Forum, at the Memorial Union in the Black and Gold Room. On Wednesday a Service-Learning Reception and Talking Democracy featured Avi Kempinski.
Thursday, the final day of Civic Engagement Week, President/CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center on campus, Ed O’Malley, will speak at Davis Hall.
A forum of women gathered Tuesday to express their hopes to blot out violence against women. The panel featured Dominique Gilardoni from Switzerland, Modesta Ahindukua and Catherine Njogu from Kenya, Alicia Perkins and Andrea Rangel from Mexico, Rika Isomura from Japan, and Fangfang Chen from China.
Curt Brungardt, Director of the Center for Civil Leadership gave an overview of the present conditions in the fight against violence committed against women and the steps the United Nations is taking to irradiate this malady.
“Violence against women is the ultimate discrimination,” said Brungardt, whose daughter was murdered just 18 months ago.
Each panel member went into detail about the similarities and dissimilarities between violence in America and their own countries.
Some of the practices discussed included female genital mutilation, which is practiced throughout Africa, and forced marriages in China.
“We believe we can fight back against these crimes by uniting and coming up with solutions,” Alicia Perkins said, when asked how violence against women could be stopped.
The International Violence Against Women Act is a law, that if past will change the way the U.S. approaches violence against women throughout the world. The panel members urged students to get involved and help stop violence against women.