The Invisible War Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)
New York, NY
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Metro Chapter of the USNC for UN Women invite you to a screening of the THE INVISIBLE WAR. A panel discussion will follow.
From Oscar®- and Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated; Twist of Faith) comes The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America's most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem-today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The Department of Defense estimates there were a staggering 19,000 violent sex crimes in the military in 2010. The Invisible War exposes the epidemic, breaking open one of the most under-reported stories of our generation, to the nation and the world.
The film comes inspired by Professor Helen Benedict's 2007 Salon article, "The Private War of Women Soldiers." Following the film screening, Professor Benedict will be participating in the panel discussion. Also her latest books, "The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq," and "Sand Queen" will be available for purchase.
Panel: The discussion will be moderated by Catherine Sameh from the Barnard Center for Research on Women. Panelists include: Retired Brigadier General Loree Sutton and Professor Helen Benedict.
Special Guest: Nancy Schwartzman will present the "Circle of 6" Sexual Assault Safety App.
Location: Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027.
6:30 PM: Introductions
7:00 PM: The Invisible War
8:45 PM: Panel Discussion
Retired Army Brigadier General Loree Sutton, MD served as the Founding Director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) from 2007 to 2010. Committed to empowering others, Sutton has more than 25 years of leadership experience encompassing a diverse mix of domains: civilian and military; combat and peacekeeping; command and staff; clinical and academic; organizational design and development; transmedia strategic communications; public policy; technology and global health.
Professor Helen Benedict is a novelist and journalist specializing in issues of social justice. Her most recent nonfiction book is "The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq," (2009 and 2010, Beacon Press), which won the EMMA (Exceptional Merit In Media Award) from the National Women's Political Caucus and the Ken Book Award in 2010. It also inspired a lawsuit against the Pentagon and Defense Secretaries Rumsfeld and Gates on behalf of women and men who were sexually assaulted while in the military.
Catherine Sameh, Ph.D. is the Associate Director at the Barnard Center for Research on Women. She received her PhD in Women's and Gender Studies in May 2012. In July 2010, she was hired as Associate Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women. She is responsible for the Center's media productions, including the well-respected webjournal Scholar & Feminist Online. She is also in charge of transnational collaborations with peer centers globally. Catherine's work at the Barnard Center for Research on Women draws on her expertise on transnational feminism developed in her dissertation, "Signatures, Rights, Networks: Iranian Feminism in the Transnational Sphere." Her dissertation explores the role of transnational networks, cyber activism, and media technologies in coalescing new political cultures and considers how Iranian feminists reframe the putative opposition between religious and secular discourses.
Nancy Schwartzman is the Founder and Executive Director of The Line Campaign, a non-profit using media and action to end sexual violence. With the creation of 'Circle of 6' iPhone app, Nancy's team won the highly competitive White House Apps Against Abuse Technology Challenge. 'Circle of 6' will help friends stay close and prevent violence before it happens.
When & Where
Metro NY Chapter, USNC for UN Women
The UN Women United States National Committee (UN Women-USNC) is an independent non-governmental organization that supports the mission of UN Women through programs, advocacy, public education about UN Women and global women’s issues, and fund-raising efforts to support UN Women programs worldwide.
UN Women-USNC is able to fulfill this mission of education and fundraising through city chapters across the country.
The USNC-UN Women’s Metro NY Chapter was founded in 1987 and is comprised of 200+ members across all ages and professions.