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One Billion Rising event to discuss state violence against women

An event hosted by the global One Billion Rising movement, due to take place this Saturday in New York City, will discuss state and police violence against women in several countries, including Sri Lanka, the US, Somalia, Palestine, India and China.

The discussion, which is co-hosted in Columbia Law School by the African American Policy Forum and the Centre for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School, will have several prominent academic speakers and will be moderated by Laura Flanders.

Dr Nimmi Gowrinathan, an expert on gender and violence, will lead the discussion on Sri Lanka and state violence against Tamil women.

"The struggle for Tamil rights, and specifically a genuine political space for Tamil women's engagement in Sri Lanka, can often be a lonely one. My work with leading women activists in the United States and abroad has lifted up the grievances of Tamil women and placed them within a broader radical movement for social justice. This event is intended to find the political ties among us and between us to strengthen each individual cause, and to build solidarity to present a collective challenge to state violence everywhere," Dr Gowrinathan told the Tamil Guardian.

A statement by the organisers said,

"We will look to the women's movements and activists working to change the narrative of violence against women across the globe, from Say Her Name and Black Lives Matter in the US, the Chinese Feminist Five, the Organization for Women's Freedom in Iraq, the Gabriela Women's Movement in the Philippines, Elman Peace and Human Rights Institute in Somalia, RIWAQ: Centre for Architecture Conversation in Palestine, women activists in Afghanistan, the 'Politics of sexual violence in Sri Lanka', the Dalit Fight movement in India, and One Billion Rising globally."

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