At the top of my To Do list for 2010 is a bold and audacious goal: to end violence against women and girls. I can’t think of anything more important than to do something every day to end the various kinds of violence that will victimize one billion women and girls in their lifetimes. One Billion! Would we accept a world that accepted this level of violence against any other one group of people? It’s unacceptable and ending this tragic reality is achievable…especially if we make it a priority as individuals and advocate for it in every aspect of our life and work.
First of all, individually, I am going to give time and money to organizations like VDAY and Men Stopping Violence and others who are doing the work on the ground to rescue, heal and change the policies that allow the violence to continue. I will also commit to talk to someone every day about the current horrific reality and what they can do. In my job, I will advocate for media and technology to find innovative solutions to the violence that prevents women and girls from realizing their full potential and living free of fear. That’s going to be the world I envision and commit to creating with individual focus and whatever collective actions I can inspire or motivate.
Pat Mitchell is president and CEO of The Paley Center for Media. Before assuming that role, she was president and CEO of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the first woman and first producer and journalist to hold the position. She has received numerous awards for her work in media. Outside of the office, she has dedicated much of her time to humanitarian efforts.
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