National Audience Gathering at Xavier

November 4, 2009


Approximately 350 people from across the country and even one registrant from Tanzania are gathering at Xavier University’s free conference on Gender-Based Violence: Uniting Theory, Practice and Action on November 9 from 8:30-4 in the Cintas Center. The public is welcome.
Speakers include members of the United States Department of Justice Office on Violence against Women and the director for the Ohio Governor’s Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach.
“Gender-based violence impacts our society as a whole as it is both a human rights and a public health concern,” says Xavier president Michael Graham, S.J. “This conference aims to expand awareness of the magnitude of gender-based violence and its impact on the individual and society. Hopefully this will be the beginning of dialogue on how to reduce gender-based violence and begin to heal its psychological and social consequences.” Graham will make opening remarks at 8:45 am.

It is natural for this conference to take place at Xavier University, a Jesuit institution with two related missions: One is the issue of social justice and the other cura personalis – care for the whole person. Academics from Colorado, Arizona, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Ohio and will lead workshops addressing various topics within this issue.
 “The persistence of gender-based violence in our schools, our communities and across the globe impedes progress towards gender equity,” says Dr. Jennifer Wies, director of Xavier’s Women's Center. “By bringing together researchers, practitioners and activists, this national conference seeks to advance our understanding of how to reduce and ultimately eliminate violence perpetrated as a result of an individual or population’s gender position.”