Welcome! My name is Michelle Seyler and I am the founder of 4WomenWorldWide. I created this space to raise awareness about violence against women, both globally and domestically.
In the movement to end violence against women and girls, there are two imperative pieces missing. The first is the courage to talk honestly about these issues with our children, our friends, and our community. Conversations that de-stigmatize can shine light into the dark places where the shame lingers and many victims feel they must stay, silenced, judged, and misunderstood.
The second is the involvement of men. When a woman is raped or abused, the onus is almost always placed on her actions, rather than that of the perpetrator. Thus, this remains a “women’s issue.” But excluding men from the conversation only deepens and maintains these misconceptions.
There is no simple answer that will put an abrupt stop to the violence. But talking about these issues is education, and it is my belief that education leads to action and action leads to change.
When I first started 4WomenWorldwide, people would ask me with skepticism, “what does ‘raising awareness’ really mean?”
It means talking about it.
“But what can that do?”
It can change a life.
Michelle Seyler graduated from American University with a B.A. in International Communications and received her J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law. She is currently pursuing and LLM in International Human Rights from the University of London, University College London. She has an extensive background in advocating for victims of violence, journalism, and academic writing.
You can follow her on Twitter @4WomenWorldwide or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.