Stopping Violence Against Women

  • May 18 · 10:30 AM
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Eminent advocate of human rights, Anne Hoiberg, will lead a call for action to stop violence against women and girls, and human trafficking, the most pervasive violations on earth despite several international treaties and conventions. This shamefully includes the United States where one in three women in her lifetime has been raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked. Recent reports have highlighted the continuing problem of sexual violence in the U.S. military, Yale University, Harvard Business School, Wesleyan University and eight other universities.

Anne Hoiberg has been dedicated to promoting women’s rights on all fronts for over 40 years, 25 of which were spent with the Federal Government and the U.S. Navy as a research psychologist. 

Anne has written two books and scores of articles, has given well over a hundred presentations at scientific conferences and meetings, and she accompanied Hillary Clinton to the United Nation’s 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. This conference brought women’s global issues to the fore with the declaration that “Women’s Rights are Human Rights”. 

Ms. Hoiberg has been involved with numerous institutions including the American Psychological Association, the UN Commission on Women, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, the World Affairs Council and the United Nations Association.

Coffee and donuts will be served. Please RSVP for planning purposes. The meeting is free, however donations are always appreciated. Consider becoming a member of HFSD to support our programming and humanist outreach.


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  • Alan M.

    Very comprehensive description of the problem and efforts to deal with it politically but not much depth into why men are predisposed to sexual violence and oppression.

    May 18

    • kay

      first, yes - aggressive impulses are natural and human. but a society can foster and influence how the human behaves when they feel the impulses - which is where i put the responsibility for violent and dominant behaviors. next, it is scientifically proven that testosterone influences human aggressive behavior. To think that men and women are not fundamentally different is naive and not supported by science. To extrapolate this that women are poor at math and science is not the case - but it could be - why not? Hormones are significant if not primary motivators for behavior. They work in the limbic system of the brain which plays important roles in motivation amongst other things. The strongest force on human behavior is the need to be part of a group.. most humans are followers - it's in their nature. That is why the society has such an impact and why aggression and violence can be modified and reduced.

      1 · May 21

    • Alan M.

      Different yes, "fundamentally"­? How far do you want to go with this? You many be the naive one. I was cautioning against going too far here. We are after all part of the same species. In fact the science is that when it comes to intellectual endeavor, men and women are comparable. Group pressure only has an effect when the group knows about the behavior and is critical of it. Unfortunately one of even both of these factors may not be present in many cases.

      May 21

  • Joanne

    Informative, lots of statistics. Personally, the issue of violence, in all its manifestations, is primary. Focusing on one group dilutes the message.

    May 19

  • Victoria de la T.

    Sad I wasn't able to attend but I woke up a bit under the weather!

    May 18

    • Debbie A.

      Missed you. Saw your brother. What a nice guy!!!!! And... hope you feel better.

      1 · May 18

    • Victoria de la T.

      Feeling better! But wish I could have been there. Johnny said it was great!
      Congrats on another great event.

      May 18

  • Michael R.

    If bibles are weapons, they should be registered as such. http://wh.gov/lAZhF­

    1 · May 16

    • Gwen

      This is a wrong thing to say. I like the idea behind it, but this petition is speaking about it in the wrong way. "Instead of the atheists that they often target" implies that they should be actually targeting the atheists. That's wrong.

      May 17

    • Debbie A.

      Hi Michael... I know your frustration! The Bible leads people to think and do things that are harmful to others. starting with the whole ridiculous idea of "sin" and the need for saving. What happened to all the people that lived before Jesus died for their sins?

      May 18

  • Wilfredo P.

    Unfortunately, I have to go to work on Sunday to finish a contract amendment and won't be able to attend. :-(

    May 17

    • Debbie A.

      Too bad! :-(

      May 18

    • Sandra M.

      Bummer W ilfredo. Debbie, I plan to be there at around 9:30. Let me know if you need me to bring anything.

      May 18

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