Wanted: One Billion Men

 

 Wanted: One Billion Men

 

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International Women’s Day event with Co-Founder & CEO of Global Health Corps, Barbara Bush, and Jessica Robinson, Founder & CEO, PurePoint International, at the United Nations.

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No Country Has Reached Gender Equality says UN: The under-representation of women in decision making and violence against women are a “global phenomena,” said the head of U.N. Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Wanted: One Billion Men: March 8 is International Women’s Day, and I am asking all the men I know to support gender equality and urge their friends to as well. And I ask all the women I know to share this message with the men in their lives. To learn how you can #SupportHeForShe visit    http://www.unwomen-usnc.org/heforshelanding or http://www.heforshe.org/#take-action. Please share with your friends.

PurePoint International is committed to promoting global peace and social justice through education and collaboration in the area of global security as it relates women, private sector, and international organizations. Our four areas are: Security, Humanism, Leadership, Partnership.

Jessica Robinson is an International Safety & Security Advisor for PurePoint International and speaker and frequently publishes on the topic of gender equality and gender based violence. To learn more about her work and company please visit www.the-purepoint.com.

Meet Erin

 

Meet the Newest Member of the Team!

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Erin Wolfe is an analyst specializing in national security and intelligence, terrorism organizations and movements, and the role women play in conflict. She is specifically focused on the Middle East and North Africa and the politics and security challenges facing the region. She spent time in region studying Arabic and immersing herself in the culture.

Prior to joining The PurePoint, Erin was a police officer for the New York Attorney General’s Office where she investigated a variety of white collar, civil rights, and labor cases.  Erin also worked at the Manhattan DA’s office, in an international white collar crime bureau.  Beyond her public service, Erin spent almost ten years in the for profit world at Morgan Stanley, primarily in the Information Technology division.  Erin was focused on both IT security as well as business analysis for the firm’s lending products.

Erin’s passion for foreign relations and national security issues led her to complete a masters degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, concentrating on Strategic Studies (the school’s security studies program).  Her undergraduate degree is in music as a cellist from West Virginia University.

When Erin is not tackling security issues, she is traveling the world, diving, cooking or mixing cocktails for dinner parties. She lives in Brooklyn with her wife, their two crazy animals.

Tell Us What You Would Do To End Violence Against Women

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I got into an dialogue with a woman from Iran who works in government and at the university level in crime prevention in Tehran. She asked a number of people, including myself, “What should be done about violence against women, how should men be integrated into the education and what would you suggest for implementation initiatives in a very traditional society?”

I addressed the last part of the question regarding implementation (below). What would be your response to these questions?

These are questions with no easy answer. A multidisciplinary approach is needed. To answer your last question of what implementation is best in a traditional society, I think it starts with focusing on social norms at the community level. Understanding the way men, women, girls and boys view women/girls and the role of women/girls in society. For example, asking questions like: do women/girls deserve an education? If so, up to what level? What is the role of women in family? When should a woman be married? In a traditional society, it’s possible to receive very traditional answers to these questions. 

Empowerment programs for girls are wonderful, but if only one gender is engaged in the process the society can’t evolve. Therefore, the next step would be questioning and challenging those social norms. How does this happen? It starts with female and male community leaders – tribal leaders, spiritual leaders, council or political leaders and, of course, parents leading conversations in on this topics to help facilitate an evolution in thinking about the way women are perceived. It also means offering a different perspective on the role of women/girls in society.

The third step is changing those societal and social norms in an authentic and organic way via open dialogue, programming, education  with an understanding it may take years for these norms to change. Also, set up measurements and evaluations, to measure progress. Depending on the laws in the country, it would also mean advocating and collaborating with the government to change laws that no longer fit within the society.

“Sing Celebrate…Sing Sing Celebrate”

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“Sing Celebrate…..Sing Sing Celebrate”

Though Martin Luther King’s birthday is on January 15th, today we honor him and what he has given us. His contribution of peace, loving those different from us and having a vision that things could be different through integration, was at the time, groundbreaking.

I was recently going through old boxes and saw a large, framed poster celebrating MLK Day in the late 90 s. A signature on it was to my mom from Yolanda King, activist, actor and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s eldest child.

Having had so much love, respect and admiration for Dr. King, it was hard for me to know how my mom met Yolanda King and never told me, lol. Yet, it was comforting to know, in this digital world, for a moment, I was only two degrees away from one of the men I admired most.

As we continue conversations today in 2015, on how we can honor and carry his message, let’s remember he took us 50% of the way there. He helped us all by providing a dream of INTEGRATION; it’s our responsibility, the millennial generation, to provide the full vision of an INCLUSIVE society where the race and ethnicity don’t divide us.

Happy Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day!