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Forum at University at Buffalo to address violence against women

Experts will examine violence against women at a symposium Oct. 28 in 120 Clemens Hall on the University at Buffalo North Campus.

The symposium, “Honor, Systems of Masculinity and Violence Against Women,” runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Organizers request that guests register at

The symposium seeks to address multiple issues, including intimate partner violence, honor killings and female genital mutilation.

“We want the participants to learn from each other and to know what resources exist in different pockets of Western New York,” Kari Winter, professor of transnational studies and director of UB’s Gender Institute, said in a statement. “Do you need a doctor? A lawyer? A safe house? Or a speaker? Let’s get to know each other so each of us can work on one piece of the issue and know who is working on the other pieces so as a community we build a strong network.”

Other speakers include Filomena Crittelli, associate professor, UB School of Social Work; Elizabeth Gerhardt, professor of theology and social ethics, Northeastern Seminary; Karen L. King, executive director, Erie County Commission on the Status of Women; and Tara J. Melish, director, Buffalo Human Rights Center, and associate UB law professor.

UB's Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender organized the forum, in conjunction with the Coalition for the Advancement of Moslem Women, the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women and other regional organizations.


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