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New Feminist Solutions April Event

Join Sakhi’s Executive Director, Tiloma Jayasinghe, as we unfold our findings from our first ever Summit, “Preventing Violence, Promoting Justice” at Barnard Center for Research on Women’s New Feminist Solutions series.

New Feminist Solutions: Social Justice Approaches to Ending Domestic Violence“: Wednesday, April 9 | 6:30 PM at Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor, Barnard Hall, 3009 Broadway, Columbia University.

In March 2012, Sakhi for South Asian Women brought together NYC based anti-violence organizations to discuss policy goals and create a shared vision of an inclusive anti-domestic violence movement.

The 2012 gathering was a follow up to our “Preventing Violence, Promoting Justice” Summit held in 2011. At that time, Sakhi and a number of other organizations and individuals began to explore the challenges of building a broader anti-violence movement within a social and gender justice framework. We invited allies in and around New York City, connected with policy advocates, service providers and allies from the national anti-violence and racial, reproductive, environmental, gender justice and other social justice movements across the country.

With support and input from this network of allies, Sakhi organized a two-day event in late October 2011, at New York University’s Kimmel Center. Sakhi worked to find support for travel and lodging to bring in participants from states including New Mexico, Illinois, and California, and from Canada.

Through the Barnard Center for Research on Women’s New Feminist Solutions series, we will publish the findings of our summit and follow up meeting, through stories from communities of color who have been responding to domestic violence within the framework of social justice.

At the April 9th event, the conversation will center around a sneak peak of the latest New Feminist Solutions report (to be released this summer) and around the work of the most impacted populations in efforts to develop policies and strategies aimed at ending domestic violence.

This report synthesizes the findings of grassroots organizers building a broader anti-violence movement that addresses links between domestic violence and issues like immigration, transphobia, incarceration, and reproductive justice. Drawing on narratives from activists and organizations working in marginalized communities, Tiloma and her colleagues demonstrate that anti-violence movements can be built on the principles of transformation and justice, rather than law enforcement and criminalization.

Reception to follow.