Video: Buddhist women leaders speak out against gender violence

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 — is in full-swing, and as part of a series of video testimonials, two Buddhist women leaders, Wendy Egyoku Nakao and Alisa Roadcup, have spoken out. The 16 Days Campaign is “an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women.”

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. Roadcup, 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 (and whom we interviewed a while back for Shambhala SunSpace), ”shares two teachings from her Buddhist tradition that inspire her work with survivors of sexual assault.” Watch both videos below.

For more information about the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, visit the official website.