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A Role for Men in Gender Violence Prevention

The elimination of gender violence continues to remain an issue that requires significant attention. In recent years, initiatives engaging men in the prevention of violence has seen impact in various communities in the US and Canada, and various efforts are underway to expand these initiatives. Our panelists will walk AIWA members through some of these initiatives and the opportunities for individuals within the Armenian community to become more actively engaged. Men are encouraged to attend.

Please join us for this important discussion. Registration required.

Craig Norberg-Bohm is a consultant, recently retired from 15 years working with Jane Doe Inc., The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. He is founder and past director of Jane Doe Inc.’s Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign. In 1978, Craig was one of the founders of RAVEN (Rape and Violence End Now) in St. Louis, Missouri, one of the earliest men’s centers in the U.S. established to engage men to end men’s violence against women. He is a founder and present administrator for the North American MenEngage Network, a chapter of The Global MenEngage Alliance, and also currently president of Community Works, a fundraising federation made up of cooperating social justice organizations across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Judy Norsigian is a co-founder, former executive director, and current board chair of Our Bodies Ourselves. She is a co-author of Our Bodies, Ourselves; Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause; and Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth. She is currently volunteering for climate crisis projects and selective women’s health advocacy efforts. Judy served on AIWA’s Board of Directors from 2008-2018.

Michael Manoog Kaprielian, the first man to serve on AIWA’s board, is a Vietnam Veteran who, in the 1970s, was the first man to seek a Women’s Studies degree from Rhode Island College. A 1994 call from the United Nations and flown to the US Department of State, he became the only American sent to a war zone on the Black Sea to staff mental health and medical teams on both sides and direct The War Victims Project. He found over 200 women in need of PTSD therapy; he transported wounded to Yerevan with those needing PRS (plastic reconstructive surgery).  Providence, RI is where Manoog has welcomed refugees; recently the Rhode Island, DCYF, Family Court and Dorcas International Institute, placed with him four children who, upon returning from school, discovered their mother’s life taken by domestic violence.l to embele for


June 11
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm




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