Month: March 2013

March 18, 2013 Michael Kaufman 16 comments

The conviction of two young men for rape of an unconscious 16 year-old women in Steubenville, Ohio should lead us to much-needed discussion about attitudes towards sexual assault and the type of education and social changes we need to end it. Unfortunately, much of the mainstream media coverage of the verdict was atrocious: sympathy was…

March 8, 2013 Michael Kaufman 6 comments

It’s another day for most women in the world: breakfast is cooked, diapers are changed, fields are tended, computers switched on, patients treated, students taught, and houses cleaned. In the distance, groups of men thump the drums of war. They talk of the cleansing power of explosives stuffed into a car. They anonymously rain missiles…

March 2, 2013 Michael Kaufman No comments exist

Thousands of ambassadors, cabinet ministers, government officials and members of non-governmental organizations gather for the next two weeks at the United Nations for the annual meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women. The focus this year is the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. I’m honoured to…