5 Things We’re Reading This Week - June 8, 2020

Through our work to prevent violence against children, we recognize the important role that parents play in modeling positive behaviors and supporting children to grow up in a safer world. While events are unfolding around us every day to call attention to the racial injustice in the United States and around the world, it is an important time for parents to have conversations with their children.


This week, we’re sharing resources to help parents talk to their children about police violence, and to help students make sense of the George Floyd protests. We’re also sharing a list of books recommended by Kalima DeSuze, who has decades of experience in gender-based violence and anti-racism work.


Additionally, this week UN Women and CARE International released a report showing the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls in Latin America and the Caribbean. The data shows that 93% of domestic workers in the region are women, and 8 out of 10 of them have experienced some form of violence in the workplace. Furthermore, reporting rates remain low, with an average of 45% of victims of domestic, sexual and/or physical abuse never having told anyone nor sought institutional help because of stigmatization.


To read more, see below for five news stories that caught our attention this week:

1. Q&A: How To Talk To Kids About Black Lives And Police Violence

NPR, (June 4, 2020): In this Q&A, Jesse Hagopian, author, activist, and high school teacher in Seattle, covers how to talk to kids about black lives and police violence.

2. Teaching Ideas and Resources to Help Students Make Sense of the George Floyd Protests


New York Times, (June 3, 2020): This piece highlights resources directed at teenagers to help them make sense of the George Floyd protests. Resources include student-friendly articles, videos, podcasts, and more.

3. Care International And UN Women Says Pandemic Poses Extreme Risk To Women And Girls In Latin America And The Caribbean


UN Women, (June 2, 2020): This article highlights findings from a recent CARE International and UN Women joint report showing that women and girls in Latin America and the Caribbean face extreme risks as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including increased domestic violence and lower access to jobs.

4. Unheard


ProPublica, (June 1, 2020): This feature showcases the voices of men and women in Alaska who experienced sexual assault. Alaska has the highest rate of sexual assault in the nation, nearly four times the national average.

5. Kalima DeSuze’s Black Feminist Reading List Is The Resource We Need Right Now


Vogue, (June 3, 2020): This article gives an overview of books recommended by Kalima DeSuze, who has spent two decades organizing to combat gender-based violence and anti-racism.

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