How To End Gender Based Violence (Part 1)

On Wednesday, I got to moderate a panel at my alma mater, Fordham University in support of HeForShe to discuss ways to address and end Gender Based Violence on campuses. Some of the things we addressed are: 

  • What Gender Based Violence is and why it exists
  • How to encourage bystanders and use their voices to participate in the narrative
  • How to look inward and question ourselves on our behaviors that have perpetuated sexism and violence
  • How to get better at defining the issues, collecting data and evidence to identify what works and what doesn't work

There's still a lot of progress to be made. According to the National Sexual Violence Research Center, 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted in college as well as 1 in 16 men. That’s 23% of college women and 5 % of college men who experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence or incapacitation. 21% of transgender or gender non-conforming students report rape or sexual assault as well. Despite these staggering numbers, numerous studies have shown that Gender Based Violence, Assault and rape are still under reported!

We dive into all these and much more. Our esteemed panelists were:

Listen below for part 1 and here for part 2

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Tayo Rockson

Tayo Rockson is an avid lover of sports, marketing and non profit who loves helping and meeting new people. This blog is a refection of all he has learned. You can reach him at tayorockson@yahoo.co.uk or on Twitter at @TayoRockson.