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Interview Series: Bipartisan Approaches to Ending Gender-Based Violence

The Wilson Center is proud to announce our newest interview series with members of the U.S. Congress, where we discuss ways in which Congress can further awareness, dialogue, and policy action to protect women from violence.

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Interview with Senator Joni Ernst

Senator Joni Ernst has been at the center of efforts to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act in the Senate; she is also one of a few women in Congress who have disclosed their own experiences as survivors of intimate partner violence. In this interview, Senator Ernst stresses that anyone can be affected by gender-based violence—regardless of income level, geographic location, or political party—and discusses how she is using her platform as a U.S. Senator to raise awareness, encourage difficult conversations, and fight for greater resources for all women who suffer violence.

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Interview with Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, a strong advocate of equal rights, co-led the most recent bipartisan effort in the House of Representatives to reauthorize and update the Violence Against Women Act. In this interview, part of the series “Bipartisan Approaches to Ending Gender-Based Violence,” Representative Fitzpatrick discusses the need for a 360-degree approach to gender-based violence: an approach that addresses the root causes of violence as well as newer forms of violence like cyberstalking, and that encourages greater education, awareness and collaboration between all levels of government.

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Interview with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is well-known as a leading voice in the U.S. Senate for policies combatting gender-based violence. In this interview with Wilson Center President and CEO Jane Harman, conducted as part of the Center’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence program, Senator Gillibrand says that the issue of sexual assault in the military initially found her—and the more she examined the problem, the more she realized just how much work needed to be done.


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