Launch of Domestic Violence Awareness Month – A Better Man, Documentary
October 4, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm| Free
Domestic Violence is a global health concern and a human rights violation that affects millions of people,
and disproportionately women. Analyses from a 2013 World Health Organization study indicated that the
prevalence of physical and sexual violence against women ranged from 16.3 percent in East Asian
countries to as high as 65.5 percent in countries in Central Saharan African countries. The problem of
violence against women and girls transcends international borders and threatens the health and wellbeing
of women, children, families and communities alike. In addition, it undermines social, economic,
political and human development throughout the world.
Background – WBG’s Domestic Abuse Prevention Program (DAPP)
Domestic Violence not only affects those who we serve outside the WBG, but also WBG staff and their
families. A sense of corporate responsibility has inspired the institution to dedicate resources towards
preventing and addressing domestic violence throughout the organization, encompassing both its
Headquarters and Country Offices. The World Bank Group’s Domestic Abuse Prevention Program, a.k.a.
DAPP, was created in 2000 by President Jim Wolfensohn. DAPP provides advocacy, counseling, legal, and
educational services, and other support where necessary, for domestic violence victims who are either
WBG staff or their dependents. Since 2006, the IMF and IDB have partnered with the WBG in the
delivery of this service.
Since 2006, in recognition of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States,
various events have been organized at the WBG’s Headquarters by the Domestic Abuse Prevention
Program to raise awareness and provide education. Similar events have also been organized within the
IMF and IDB. Past years’ Keynote Speakers have included: the Honorable Madeleine K. Albright, former
U.S. Secretary of State; the Honorable Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s
Issues, U.S. State Department; Lynn Rosenthal, the first White House Advisor on Violence Against
Women; and Gavin de Becker, best-selling author and global specialist on security issues.
Schedule of events
October 4, 2017, 12:00pm – 2:00pm, World Bank Group, J1-050. Launch of DV Awareness Month
A Better Man, Documentary
12:00 pm. Opening Remarks. WBG’s Vice President and Chief Ethics Officer, Ousmane Diagana
12:05 pm. Introduction: WBG’s Office of the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland, and the Caribbean.
Christine Hogan. (Introduce Attiya Khan, A Better Man Co-Director)
12:07pm. US Premier of A Better Man, a Canadian documentary. (79 minutes). A personal experiment for
Attiya and her abusive ex-partner and a step towards healing, understanding, and accountability.
1:30 pm. – 2:00 pm. Q&A with Attiya Khan and light lunch.
2:00 pm. Closing Remarks: Senior Psychologist, HRD Health Services, Stuart Fisher
Co-Director and DV survivor, Attiya Khan, will join us from Toronto. This Canadian documentary has had
a huge success in Canada and recently signed on with a US distributor, Women Make Movies. A Better
Man documents a personal experiment for Attiya and her abusive ex-partner and represents a step
towards healing, understanding, and accountability of a global epidemic. Video link will be made available
for viewing in Country Offices.
October 24, 2017, 12:00-2:00pm, World Bank Group, Preston Auditorium
Keynote Speaker: Nicholas Carlisle, No Bully, Founder/CEO
Are we too late to stop the global bullying epidemic?
12:00 pm. Opening Remarks. IBRD/IDA Chief Executive Officer, Kristalina Georgieva
12:05 pm. Keynote Address: Nicholas Carlisle
Having experienced firsthand the reality of school bullying when he
was a teenager at school in London, Nicholas is committed to
creating schools that lives by values of respect and compassion. He
graduated from Oxford University, practiced as a barrister in the
High Court in London and served as chairman of the non-profit
section of Amnesty International in Britain. He practiced in
California as a child and family psychotherapist and researched with
Professor Eric Rofes the effects of school bullying, published in 2007
in the Journal of Traumatology. Nicholas gave a TEDx talk on bullying in 2015, was recognized by Toms as
a Game Changer and is a seasoned conference speaker, expert witness and commentator on school
bullying for television and radio stations across the world. Thirty percent of youth are now the target of
face to face and online bullying, making this the most widespread forms of aggression experienced by
children worldwide. As nations strive to deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals of providing
safe, non-violent and inclusive learning environments and the elimination of all violence against children
(SDGS 4 and 16), bullying marginalizes diverse youth and denies equal access to education. Nicholas
uncovers the forces that got us to this point and delivers a message of hope for creating a bully-free
childhood for the next generation.
Website | Facebook | Twitter; Ted Talk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFhHc92fOCw
12:45 pm. Panel discussion:
Panelists: Moderator: Makon Fardis, PhD. is a licensed clinical psychologist in HSD’s Counseling unit and
has maintained a private practice working with adults, couples, families and teenagers.
Michelle Dodge (JD, LICSW, LCSW-C) is the founder and President of JMD Counseling and Therapeutic
Services. She is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in the use of play therapy to treat children
and families affected by domestic violence, child abuse, and trauma.
Susan Folwell (LCSW, LICSW, BCDV) is a clinical social worker in private practice and specialized in
domestic violence, family abuse, stalking, trauma and related issues. As a psychotherapist, consultant
and trainer, she offers a unique blend of compassion, humor, expertise and keen insight based upon
over 20 years of combined experience and research.
Stephanie Asare Nti (LCSW-C) is the founder of Social Worker Beyond Borders and works with Maryland
County’s Perpetrator Intervention Programs. She is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in
1:50 pm. Closing Remarks. Brain Davey, Director, HRD Health Services
October 25th. 12:30-2:00 pm. Inter-American Development Bank, IDB Auditorium Andres Bello 3.
Bully-Proof your Kid! The No Bully Parent and Guardian Workshop
Parents and future parents learn what bullying and cyberbullying are like for the current generation of
students and what they can do to prevent their child from becoming either a target or a bully.
October 26, 2017, 12:00pm-1:30pm, International Monetary Fund, IMF Room HQ1-C-719
Keynote Address: Mark Levine, The Dangerous Stigma of Domestic and Sexual Violence
Mark Levine was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in
2015 and represents Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax, Virginia. He
has a long history as an advocate for justice for victims and survivors
of domestic violence and sexual assault. Following the murder of his
sister in 1996, Mark and his family pursued a 10-year campaign for
justice. In that pursuit, Mark filed lawsuits, drafted laws, and did
some private investigation in his ultimately successful odyssey to put
the killer behind bars and bring his niece and nephew home from
Mexico. Mark, a graduate of Yale Law School and Harvard College, previously served as Legislative
Counsel to Congressman Barney Frank. His nationally-syndicated radio show is heard on more than 40
stations nationwide, and he is a frequent commentator on national television.
Programs sponsored by World Bank Group HSD’s DAPP program, Staff Association, and WBFN.
Attendees: WBG, IMF, and IDB staff, spouses/partners and their families. Outside guests will include
private and public sector organizations.