The TCFV’s Statewide Conference gathered leaders, advocates and allies to exchange ideas, discover fresh techniques and unite the many diverse faces of the Texas movement to end violence against women.
This year’s topics encompassed a range of statewide and national challenges — the growing number of family violence fatalities, the upcoming 83rd Legislative Session and the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). While we face challenges, the conference also offered a moment together to celebrate our successes — our vibrant momentum legislatively, the services and innovations Texas programs have adopted and the diligent work of all advocates.
Conference highlights included:
- Renowned writer and activist Gloria Steinem connected our movement’s generations with her keynote, “Feminism: Past, Present, and Future.”
- Social activist, professor and survivor Rachel Alicia Griffin challenged us to look deeper into systems of oppression and its intersections and consequences to gender violence.
- Former law enforcement officer, trainer and consultant David R. Thomas provided his perspective on policy and effective strategies for curbing family violence.
- Researcher and social activist Gary Barker offered a global lens to the issues of gender, engaging men, health promotion and violence prevention.
Our speakers and colleagues tested our collective thinking, invited new perspectives and connected our daily work to broader issues happening in our nation. We offer a special thank you to the 300 participants, presenters and staff who made the 2012 Statewide Conference a true step forward in the movement to end family violence.