Women’s Media Center, Columbia University sponsoring symposium on sexualized violence

By — January 23, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York—The Women’s Media Center and Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health on Friday are sponsoring a free symposium to discuss how to end global sexualized violence.

“Global sexualized violence: From epidemiology to action” will bring together scientists, journalists, and policy makers. Robin Morgan, co-founder of the Women’s Media Center, will give the plenary address. Lauren Wolfe, director of WMC’s Women Under Siege project, will moderate two of the sessions. The project has been a leader in bringing attention to sexualized violence against women in war-torn areas.

Speakers will include award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa; Cristina Finch, director of the women's human rights program at Amnesty International USA; Cara Hoffman, author of the critically acclaimed So Much Pretty; and representatives from the Centers for Disease Control, the Peace Corps, and Physicians for Human Rights, among other organizations.

The symposium is one of a series of sessions hosted by Columbia University’s Epidemiology Scientific Symposia (CUESS) to look closely at epidemiology and population health. Pre-registration is required. More details are available at CUESS.org.

The Women's Media Center works to make women and girls visible and powerful in the media through strategic programs aimed at transforming the media landscape including media training, media monitoring and activism, original media content, media reports, and media programs and initiatives. The organization was founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem.

CONTACT: Cristal Williams Chancellor, Media Relations Manager, cristal@womensmediacenter.com or 202-587-1636.