Pull out your calendars and save the date for Wednesday March 17. The International Development Working Group will be holding its monthly potluck, discussing, among other issues, Ending Violence Against Women. Please sign up here for this exciting meeting and bring something yummy to share with the group!
Jimmie Briggs will be speaking at the event. He is the founder of ManUp, an international campaign to activate boys and young men in a movement to stop violence against women and girls. Over the last decade, Briggs has established his reputation as one of the most respected human rights advocates in journalism. His work has appeared in countless publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and Life. He is a National Magazine Award finalist and recipient of honors from the Open Society Institute. His work has also been recognized by the National Association of Black Journalist, the Alicia Patterson Foundation and Carter Center.
In 2005 he wrote on child soldiers and war-affected children in his book Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go To War which won him accolades in 2005. His upcoming book, The Wars Women Fight: Dispatches from A Father to His Daughter, will be published in 2010. Briggs channeled his expertise to work with the UN Special Sessions on Children, Seeds of Peace (in New York, Kabul, Afghanistan). He also worked alongside numerous other organizations including Oxfam, Amnesty International and the ENOUGH project. When asked why he chose to spearhead this initiative, he simply says, “For my daughter. I want a better world for her.”