Category Archives: Blog: Conversations with the Community

Blog posts about gender violence related issues around the world. If you’d like to write a post for us, send us an email at speakupspeakout@outlook.com!

An Open Letter to the “Good Guy” Friend Who Won’t Stop Hitting on Me

By Isabel Jenkins   Dear “Good Guy” Friend,   We’ve been over this. Whether or not we’ve had an actual conversation, we’ve been over it. I know it. You know it. I don’t want to sleep with you. Don’t get … Continue reading

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Say Hello to Our New Project Coordinators

Project Speak Up Speak Out is back, and we’re proud to announce our new Project Coordinators. Isabel Jenkins (CCNY ’16) and Nichole Acevedo (CCNY ’16), both International Studies students, have been managing Project SUSO this Fall and are excited to start recruiting … Continue reading

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Review of O’Brien’s “We Should Stop Putting Women in Jail for Anything”

By Gargi Padki    In Patricia O’Brien’s article, We Should Stop Putting Women in Jail for Anything, she advocates for the abolition of women’s prisons by arguing that female offenders are better served by alternatives to incarceration programs. Additionally, their … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Debbie Peagler

By Gargi Padki   Debbie Peagler, a survivor of domestic violence, was convicted of second degree murder in 1983 after setting up her abuser to be jumped by two known gang members. She spent over twenty-six years in jail for … Continue reading

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Women in the Workplace Part II: The Mommy Penalty

By Isabel Jenkins In the United States today, over forty percent of mothers are the primary breadwinners in their families, reports the White House. But with outdated policies and sexist corporations dominating the workplace, moms have a long way to go before they see … Continue reading

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Ending Campus Sexual Assault with Safety, Consent and Respect

By Isabel Jenkins This Sunday, Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez was awarded the Miss USA pageant title. During the question-and-answer segment of the contest, Sanchez was asked about the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. The 24-year old, a holder … Continue reading

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Fear and Loathing in Islam

By Gargi Padki Malala Yousafzai was interviewed on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart during her trip to the United States in October of 2013. She spoke beautifully on human nature and the value of education, and she demonstrated the power … Continue reading

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Welcome Esraa Saleh as SUSO’s New Community Engagement Fellow!

We are pleased to announce that our very own Esraa Saleh will be succeeding the wonderful Gargi Padki as Project Speak Up Speak Out’s Community Engagement Fellow this fall! Ms. Saleh is an Algerian-American living in Harlem and is in … Continue reading

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Immigration Options for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence

By Ilana Gelb Between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. every year, reports the Department of Homeland Security. Even when some of the victims are freed or released, their fate remains uncertain. Many victims are not given … Continue reading

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Enough is Enough: Cultural Defense of Domestic Abuse

By Rabiyatou Valian My close friend is in an abusive marriage, but she refuses to speak out against her husband’s violence. I always wonder why she doesn’t do anything to end it. When I voice my concerns, she tells me “I … Continue reading

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