Futures Without Violence Hosts Summit on Innovative Solutions to End Gender-Based Violence

October 07, 2013 02:18 AM
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Adele Kimbasumba, Cindy McCain and Jessica Yellin

Last week, national nonprofit Futures Without Violence convened the first Open Square Summit  in Washington D.C.  A one-day program called Communications for Change, the Summit brought together Facebook, Google, the World Bank and the McCain Institute, along with international thought leaders, policymakers, philanthropists, practitioners, and advocates to discuss successful communications strategies, technology platforms, policy priorities, and advocacy efforts that are offering innovative solutions for ending gender-based violence around the world.

 One resounding theme throughout the Summit was the need to elevate gender-based violence from a women’s rights issue to a human rights issue. Speakers shared personal, often heartbreaking, accounts of their experiences working with, and in some cases living as, survivors of gender-based violence. The Summit featured speakers such as Cindy McCain, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Meyers, Google’s Scott Carpenter, and many others, including Congolese activists, current and former U.S. ambassadors, non-profit leaders, and academics.

The participants recognized groundbreaking technologies that have revolutionized the way we communicate, while promoting the intersection of technology and public action to educate, inspire and motivate participants to pursue innovative solutions to end gender-based violence.

Griffin|Schein assisted Futures Without Violence in recruiting speakers and moderators, social media, and press. On the day of the Summit, #OpenSqSummit began trending in Washington, D.C. for several hours. See a snapshot of the activity the Summit generated on Twitter.

Watch video of the summit or read the press release.