Global Dispatches: Ending Violence

SAN DIEGO, CA –The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) at the University of San Diego bring to light successful strategies to protect girl children around the world at the Third Annual International Women’s Day Celebration Breakfast, titled “Global Dispatches: Ending Violence and Discrimination Against the Girl Child.” This event coincides with the 51st session of the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 51) convening February 26 to March 9, 2007 in New York City.    


Around the globe, many children face threats to their basic human dignity and rampant violations of their human rights:

  • 1.2 million children are trafficked each year;
  • 1.8 million children suffer sexual exploitation each year;
  • 300,000 boys and girls are forced to be child soldiers;
  • 77 million children are not in school, 70% of whom are girls;
  • As many as 2 million girls experience practices of female genital cutting each year.

Dee Aker, interim director of the IPJ, and Erika Lopez, program officer for the IPJ’s Women PeaceMakers program, along with other experts and San Diego high school students, will speak on the global movement against cruel treatment of the girl child.   

Respected internationally for their work in this field, Aker and Lopez present this month at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women during a parallel workshop – No Excuses:  Defending Women’s and Children’s Rights in Times of Terror.  At the March 8 breakfast, the team will report on the U.N.’s global standards and concrete policies for promoting gender equality and protecting girl children.  

A frequent IPJ collaborator, San Diego Voices of Women will also present at this year’s CSW 51.  During their presentation, participants will discuss The Role of Young People in the Rebuilding of Iraq

All members of San Diego’s CSW 51 delegation will participate in the March 8 breakfast including Institute for Peace & Justice staff Dee Aker, Erika Lopez and Laura Taylor.  Joining them are Jenni Prisk, founder of Voices of Women, Anne Hoiberg, United Nations Association, Lilia Velasquez, human rights lawyer, and High Tech High student Tuyaymya Osuna. “For the millions of children whose voices are not being heard, let us commit to take a stand, and take a step, and make real strides for child survival and education .... Transformational change is just the sum of many small steps – footprints marking a path ahead where none existed before,” Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children. 

The Third Annual International Women's Day Celebration Breakfast is co-convened by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Voices of Women, and the Women's Equity Council of the United Nations Association - San Diego Chapter.


The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego is dedicated to fostering peace, cultivating justice and creating a safer world through education, research, and peacemaking activities.


The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service.  The establishment of the Joan b. Kroc School of Peace Studies will bring the University’s total number of schools and colleges to six.  Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences and Nursing and Health Science.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.