Monthly Archives: May 2013

Book Discussion – Rape: Weapon of War and Genocide

On Thursday, April 18, 2013, Dr. Scott Bennett met with the WILD women to discuss the heart wrenching book Rape: Weapon of War and Genocide. This book is made up of 13 chapters; each chapter focuses on a different war, whether it was civil war or world war, and discusses how women and children, even men in some cases, were treated during those wars. Each chapter is written by a different expert. Several WILD women were assigned to read each chapter to ensure that each chapter could be discussed in full; however there was only 2 hours to discuss the book. The discussion focused on what genocide is; with many different definitions the book, or rather the United Nations 1948 Convention, defines genocide is acts, including but not restricted to outright killing, committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a nation, ethnical, racial, or religious group. Throughout the book two tribunals are mentioned, Rwanda and Yugoslavia; tribunals being the courts responsible for prosecuting the men responsible for rape during wars. Granted many men who have committed rape have been convicted, not nearly enough have been caught, leaving their victims scared and vulnerable. One of the victims states even though these men are being convicted their minimized sentences are actually minimizing the suffering of the victim. This book opens the eyes of readers to femicide which is gendered violence against women that ultimately results in their death. This book was actually my suggestion for WILD to read because I thought it would be an educational experience for WILD to see what happens to women around the world. As Americans we are focused on what is going on around us that we sometimes forget there are people all over the world who may be suffering. Women, just like us, 18, 19, 20 years old going through these horrible experiences and terrified for their life. I believe this book helps us take a look at how life is in other parts of the world. Hopefully this book inspired someone to get involved and help stop femicide.

Written by: Melissa Ullrich WILD VII

GCU Board Member Tessa Breslin – Research in Women Leadership

On April 4th, 2013, Tessa Breslin came to talk to WILD about research in women leadership. During the presentation, I learned a few interesting facts about women in the workforce. For example, companies that excel in their respective markets have more women board members than other companies. Women make up half the work and talent force, but we are not being utilized enough. Part of that has to do with women putting themselves down because they do not think they are good enough. Ms. Breslin went on to tell the WILD women what characteristics a leader of the future needs to have. For one, a leader of the future needs to be contextually aware; she needs to know what is going on in the world around her. Another important characteristic is sensitivity to different cultures, generations, and genders. She also needs to create a culture of trust and openness and be able to collaborate across generations and companies. This information will be very helpful to all of us as we enter the workforce and aim for our goals. We will know the characteristics that a leader of the future needs to have and be able to navigate our ways to a seat on the board of a company. On behalf of all of WILD, I would like to thank Ms. Breslin for taking the time to speak with us about this important topic.

Written by: Caitlin Roman WILD IX