Pre-thinking:

Soler is an early light in the area of legislation to keep gender violence both illegal and a topic for discussion among legislators. Without her work society might have remained stuck in the 1950’s. How did she bring this to our societies forefront and keep it there?

Why you should listen:

In 1994, Esta Soler convinced Congress to pass a law to combat the devastating effects of violence against women. Today, her mission is global.

Esta Soler has guided Futures Without Violence to become one of the world’s most effective advocacy organizations in the effort to recognize and prevent gender-based violence. The agency she founded 30 years ago provides education, policy development and training to reduce the prevalence of violence against women and children, and to care for its victims. “When we started, there wasn’t even the language for this,” says Soler.

Futures Without Violence — then called the Family Violence Prevention Fund — lobbied for a decade to get the Violence Against Women Act passed in 1994. Congress upheld and expanded the law in 2000, 2005 and most recently in 2013. Today, Futures Without Violence has offices in San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C. — but their vision is for a worldwide moment to end gender-based violence. Today, Soler is committed working with anti-violence activists around the world to pass the International Violence Against Women Act.

Who is she:

Soler is a pioneer who founded the Family Violence Prevention Fund nearly 30 years ago and made it one of the world’s leading violence prevention agencies.” Today, Soler is committed working with anti-violence activists around the world to pass the International Violence Against Women Act.

Questions:

  1. What is an advocacy organization?
  1. In Light of Fallon’s work with brains (QV), what is a critical aspect of ending family violence?
  1. What was English common law’s rule about beating a wife?
  1. When was the “Violence against Women Act“ first passed as a federal statute?
  1. Today Solar works for an__________________        Violence Against Women Act.
  1. The big three items that cause disputes in domestic partnerships are: money, sex and child rearing. Why should these be such “Hot button” issues that they lead to violence in some relationships?

How we turned the tide on domestic violence (Hint: the Polaroid helped) with Esta Soler

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