War and Rape the Subject of Student Event at Macaulay Honors College

New York, NY – (February 26, 2013).  On March 18, 2013, students will have the opportunity to view Resolution 1960, a film by noted documentary filmmaker Marika Griehsel that documents the movement to stop sexual violence against women during war.  First released to the international community in 2011, the film is focused on the efforts of Margot Wallström, former United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, to bring the issue to the top of the agenda at the United States Security Council.  Following a study which concluded that mass rape is used by armed groups to instill terror, Wallström developed United Nations Security Council Resolution 1960 to provide the United Nations with the powers to hunt down and prosecute perpetrators.  The film follows her and her colleagues as they visit activists and rape survivors in areas of armed conflict around the world.  Open to students and the general public with free admission, the screening takes place at Macaulay Honors College on March 18 at 6:30 p.m. at 35 West 67th Street.

Resolution 1960 is directed and produced by Griehsel, an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker based in Stockholm, Sweden. She has worked and lived in Africa for more than a decade, covering the release of Nelson Mandela, war and conflict in Angola, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Sudan and many other countries as the correspondent for Swedish Public Broadcasting, SVT.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion focused on the psychology behind rape and the ways in which we can work to end sexual violence.  The speakers, who represent the New York Asian Women’s Center, Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program, and SAKHI for South Asian Women, work against every type of gender-based violence.


Fran Gau, LMSW has been an advocate for women and children for more than 25 years. Currently she is the Senior Assistant Director of Client Services at the New York Asian Women’s Center. From 2005-2007, Ms. Gau served as the Executive Director of the Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation (TWRF), an organization dedicated to ending labor and sex trafficking in Taiwan, assisting victims of violence, and advocating for surviving “comfort women.” Ms. Gau received her Masters in Social Work from Michigan State University.

Jagruti D. Shah-Bhalla MA, LCSW works with the Mount Sinai Sexual Assault Violence Intervention program. At SAVI she works with survivors of rape, child sexual abuse and intimate partner violence of all ages. She also provides emergency room advocacy to survivors of sexual assault; and she facilitates, trains and presents at conferences to professionals, students and the community.  She is currently working with civilian women who have been survivors of rape and sexual abuse, international trafficking and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation.  Ms. Shah has received her MSW from Fordham University School of Social Work.

Neha Srivastava, MA, works with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault at SAKHI for South Asian Women, an organization that works specifically with South Asian women. Ms. Srivastava has received her Masters in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness.

About Macaulay Honors College

Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York offers exceptional students a uniquely personalized education with access to the vast resources of the nation’s largest urban university and New York City itself.   Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, Macaulay students receive a full-tuition scholarship, a laptop and technology support, and a $7,500 Opportunities Fund to pursue global learning and service opportunities.  A Cultural Passport provides access to museums, libraries, and other treasures around New York City. Macaulay students enroll in one of eight CUNY senior colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, John Jay, Lehman, Queens and Staten Island). For more information, see macaulay.cuny.edu.


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