As you know, from film to television, in music videos and song lyrics, violence against women and girls is often portrayed as normal. The World Health Organization has declared violence against women and girls an epidemic, calculating that one in three women worldwide will experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetimes.
Violence against girls and women is also crisis right here in Florida and in our local community.
· Girls on the First Coast report higher sexual and physical abuse than the statewide average.
· Last year, more girls were arrested in Duval, Clay & Nassau Counties than were arrested in Miami-Dade, Hillsborough and Broward Counties combined.
· Girls on the First Coast face disproportionately harsher criminal sentences for non-violent offenses.
The eradication of violence requires not only changes in law and policy but a more fundamental cultural shift in our attitudes and beliefs. This shift begins with an open dialogue about the long term consequences to the wellbeing of a society that accepts, condones and/or ignores violence against women and girls.
On October 24th, the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, along with the Children’s Campaign, will host the See the GirlSummit at the Downtown Main Library, where thought leaders and subject matter experts will join an audience of advocates, researchers, educators, service providers and citizens to address the needs of Florida’s girls through a girl-centered framework.
The See the Girl Summit objectives are to:
Inform participants through research rooted in the lived experiences of girls and young women.
Ignite a change movement for girls in our community and state such that policy makers, care providers and others will see the girl for all that she is and all that she has to offer.
Inspire the creation of a healing community that celebrates and collaborates with all girls.
Innovate by providing girl-centered interventions and services that engage the arts, poetry, movement, etc.
Impact the futures of girls in a positive and meaningful way.
We look forward to a stimulating and thought-provoking day with national thought leaders and concerned citizens who will speak up and speak out about how we can ignite change to create a very different future for the girls in our community, state and nation. We hope you will consider being a part of conversation. We hope you’ll join us!
CLEs and CEUs will be available.
Registration fees include parking and breakfast/lunch.
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