The story behind the story: Our testimonial writing workshop and its first book, Fault Line.
We believe that every woman's story has power and purpose. That's why The Voices and Faces Project launched "The Stories We Tell," North America's first two-day testimonial writing workshop for survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence and trafficking. In partnership with local arts and human rights ...
Advertising: friend or a foe in the fight to end violence against women?
Here's one thing that our team at The Voices and Faces Project knows for sure: movement leads to friction. And friction can lead to change. So we bring together activists, artists and creative people of different backgrounds and belief systems. And then we let the debates – and the dialogue – begin. We don't always agree on the ways to end sexual violence and trafficking. And that disagreement is a source of our strength.
A trash can that will make you think.
Crain's June 5, 2013: What has advertising done for women lately?
Not very much, according to feminist theorists, cultural critics and "Mad Men," a show that winks, nods and with every episode reminds us that the more things change in the ad world, the more they stay the same. The consensus opinion — at least for those not working in advertising — is clear…
Who says a man can't make a difference in the movement to end violence against women?
One of the most exciting aspects of The Voices and Faces Project is that it brings together a truly diverse group of women and men engaged in the fight to end sexual violence and trafficking. One of those men is R. Clifton Spargo, a novelist and cultural critic who has been a part of The Voices and Faces Project since its founding, and the creator of "The Stories We Tell," our testimonial writing workshop for survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, and trafficking.
43 states and three continents: Our Voices and Faces Project lecture and workshop series.
We founded The Voices and Faces Project to bring the names, faces and stories of survivors of sexual violence and trafficking to the attention of the public. No program has helped us do that more effectively than our Speakers Bureau, which has taken our team to 3 continents and now – thank you, Utah – 43 US states. Find out more about our available Voices and Faces Project lectures, and contact us to bring one of our 10 lectures or workshops to your community.
A terrific book, an important truth, and a key member of our project speaks out.
DePaul University College of Law’s Jody Raphael — a member of our CounterQuo project—recently published Rape is Rape: How Denial, Distortion and Victim Blaming are Fueling a Hidden Acquaintance Rape Crisis. Called "[A] meticulously researched and passionately argued rebuttal of those who would deny the reality and alarming prevalence of acquaintance rape" (Kirkus Reviews), Raphael’s book has attracted much praise, but also a campaign to discredit her findings that we find deeply troubling. Check out Katie Feifer's thoughtful CounterQuo post on why and how those who deny rape are making the world less safe for all of us.
Six powerful Voices and Faces Project stories. One key goal met: the Violence Against Women Act has passed.
In a world that too often ignores the scope and scale of sexual violence and trafficking, a single story can sometimes be one of our most effective tools for creating change. At The Voices and Faces Project, our job is to create a safe place for survivors to share their names, faces and stories. Through our creative, documentary and outreach programs, we then connect those stories to policymakers and the public..
Creating Change at Northwestern University (all year round).
"Creating Programs That Create Change"—an interactive workshop that considers how The Voices and Faces Project uses the stories of survivors to impact public attitudes about gender-based violence—recently returned for its third semester at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy. Thanks to a private donor, the workshop will be a regular feature of Professor Danny Cohen's class during 2013. Kudos to our "Creating Change" workshop team of Christa Desir, Kate Hnida, Patricia Evans and Anne K. Ream.
Get up, stand up: One Billion Rising Chicago.
Hats—and red scarves—off to One Billion Rising Chicago! One February 14—the 15th anniversary of V-Day—hundreds of Chicago women joined the billions worldwide who were walking, dancing, and demanding an end to violence. Special thanks to the Chicago One Billion Rising team for spreading the word about a local event with global dimensions (and a great beat): Kristen Kaza, Laura Waleryszak, Sharmili Majmudar, Rachel Durchslag, Ernest Covington, Anne Ream, Scheherazade Tillet, Sangeetha Ravichandran. Thanks also to the Chicago Foundation for Women for its support of the day's events.
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On the road again: Check The Voices and Faces Project out at these events.
Our Voices and Faces Project lecture and workshop series has taken our team to 40 US states and 3 continents. During March and April we're hitting the road again, bringing a keynote address to Augustana College in Sioux Falls, North Dakota, speaking as part of the "Untold Stories" Social Justice Series at Mt. Mary College and headlining The Women's Center's Annual Luncheon in Milwaukee, WI. To bring a Voices and Faces Project speaker to your next event email us.