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    Creating violence-free families: a symposium summary report, New York, 23-25 May, 1994.

    Friedman SA

    New York, New York, Baha'i International Community, 1994. [4] p.

    This is a summary report on the Symposium on Creating Violence-Free Families initiated by the Baha'i International Community's Office for the Advancement of Women in collaboration with the UN Children's Fund and the UN Development Fund for Women. Grassroots practitioners, academics, mental health professionals, and representatives from more than 30 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and two UN agencies attended the symposium. Participants agreed that domestic violence affects all aspects of society and human development. They explored strategies and raised questions concerning prevention as well as intervention. The symposium derived the following conclusions: 1) family violence must be publicly acknowledged as a problem; 2) the social and economic costs of family violence are incalculable; 3) family violence is a human development issue; 4) family violence is a human rights issue; 5) a violent society produces violent families; 6) family violence must be addressed by the world community; 7) NGOs play a major role; 8) the media must stop glorifying violence; and 9) educational systems need to redesign curricula, texts, sports programs, and other activities to promote gender equality. Recommendations for research, education, training, advocacy, services and international and national legislation are also provided.
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