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Originally posted at http://minneapolitanmademoiselle.blogspot.com/

I spent the second half of 2012 in Washington, DC, working at two great organizations, the Institute for Women's Policy Research and GovLoop. My time in DC was (mostly) interesting and fun; I did have one frightening experience that I've had time to reflect on that I'd like to share. I will admit that this post was a tough one to write, especially because the topic is one that we don't often talk about in an honest way. Here goes...

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Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 07:47 PM PST

And this is why you should care...

by Hellotwin

Originally posted at http://minneapolitanmademoiselle.blogspot.com/

So I've been blowing up my Facebook wall with stories about violence against women (go figure) and thought a nice round up of some recent articles, stories, etc on the topic would be nice. Here we go...

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Originally posted at http://minneapolitanmademoiselle.blogspot.com/

Welcome to the 16th and final day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Today's topic is violence against women in social movements and I'll be focusing on something that's close to home for many of us - the Occupy movement.

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Originally posted at http://minneapolitanmademoiselle.blogspot.com/

Welcome to Day 8 of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. As I've been writing blog posts for this campaign, I've realized that the topic of gender violence can be overwhelming and quite discouraging. I am going to be out of town for part of the weekend and probably won't be blogging tomorrow, so I thought I'd leave ya'll with a list of action items so YOU can do something to affect positive change.(From the 16 Days website,  http://saynotoviolence.org/...).

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Originally posted at http://minneapolitanmademoiselle.blogspot.com/

Welcome to Day 7 of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Today's topic is female genital cutting.

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Welcome to Day 6 of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Today's topic is the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

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Welcome to Day 5 of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Today's topic is sexual assault on college campuses, specifically the Clery Act. This is a topic very near and dear to my heart, as I've worked with victims/survivors of sexual assault for a few years now.

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Welcome to Day 4 of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Today's topic is street harassment.

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Welcome to Day 3 (Post #2) of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Today's topic is dating violence.

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I'm a day late in getting started, but here we go... (Originally posted at http://minneapolitanmademoiselle.blogspot.com/)

Welcome to the first in a series of 16 blog posts, one for each of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign. These posts are intended to provide a little information on the selected topic or on something interesting related to the topic, such as innovative ideas or efforts to address the topic. I am by no means an expert on all of the topics that I will be writing about, but I do a bit of research before I take to the keyboard. Please feel free to add your thoughts in the comments.

Note: Given the theme of the Days of Activism, my own interests and the research I've been able to find, much of this post will focus on the trafficking of girls.

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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence starts November 25 and runs through December 10. Check out a great website about the 16 days campaign here. I will be posting at least once a day on the theme of gender violence. Though I've acquired a good amount of knowledge on the topic of gender violence over the years, I don't know everything there is to know about the topic. My current list of ideas includes: domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual violence as a weapon of war, street harassment, sex trafficking, violence against transgendered people, child marriages, FGM, honor killings (and related issues) and sexual violence in the prison system. Any ideas I missed that you think deserve some attention? Post 'em in the comments!

Peace.

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Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 07:44 PM PDT

American Youth and Activism

by Hellotwin

I just finished reading this article about youth activism (or lack thereof) in the U.S. While I don't agree with everything the author writes, a few of the points really resonated with me.

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