In my capacity as a blogger for Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly Online, I just posted about the Buddhist women leaders who participated in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign— an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute and sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership: Wendy Egyoku Nakao and our friend Alisa Roadcup (who was interviewed not long ago for this blog). The two have recorded video testimonials that you can watch below.
Nakao, Zen Buddhist Priest and Abbot of the Zen Center of Los Angeles, discusses “the principle of non-violence in Zen Buddhism and how it has strengthened her commitment to ending violence in herself and in the world” in her video. Alisa, Vice President of the Board of Directors for Rape Victim Advocates, a leader in the Women’s Human Rights Coordination Group for Amnesty International USA, and Director of US Advocacy and Development for Heshima Kenya, ”shares two teachings from her Buddhist tradition that inspire her work with survivors of sexual assault.” You can watch both videos below.
For more information about the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign — “an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women” – visit the official website.