Violence Against Women- VAWA- Live Webcast! (Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian)
March 21st 2-5:30pm EST
Marking Women’s History Month, this symposium will draw vitally needed attention to the pressing and pervasive issue of widespread violence against Native women, who suffer disproportionately high levels of rape, domestic violence, and attacks at the hands of strangers.
Safety for Our Sisters explores the causes and consequences of this abuse and considers social and legal issues involved in these acts of violence. By shining a broad light on a grim and painful issue, the symposium aims to educate its audience, both Native and non-Native, about this egregious human rights violation.
As Deborah Parker (Tulalip), herself a survivor of sexual and physical violence, stated during her campaign for the reauthorization of the federal Violence Against Women Act, “You’ve got to go to battle, and you have to convince a lot of people that Native women are worth protecting.”
This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.