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Liz Claiborne Foundation's Time to Talk Day

New York City
September 25, 2007

Andrea Bottner, Director, Office of International Women's Issues, participated in a "radio row" event on domestic violence entitled, It's Time to Talk Day. Sponsored by the Liz Claiborne foundation in New York City, several national talk radio show hosts gathered at the Liz Claiborne headquarters to interview experts on efforts to combat violence against women. Ms. Bottner discussed the Administration's programs to combat gender based violence in Darfur, Iraq, Afghanistan and Bolivia and explained assistance to victims, training and technical support for law enforcement officials, programs for women's empowerment and girls' education. The Director emphasized the need to respect the oftentimes complex cultural context in which the problems of violence occur and the importance of working closely with local NGOs to identify priorities and strategies for bringing change. Drawing on her experience as Director of the Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice, Ms. Bottner explained how raising awareness on this issue is the necessary first step. She also explained how depriving women in the developing world of their human rights can only stiffle progress toward development.

Interviews were recorded with:

  • Carole Marks " A Touch of Grey: The Talk Show for Grownups."
    A one-hour show, heard on more than 50 stations across America including New York City's WABC 77.
  • "The Marc Bernier Show" heard mostly in Florida and replayed in Virginia and Tennessee.
  • Dr. Beatrice Engstrand host of a radio program on neurological topics on WOR Radio, New York City.
  • Daniel Patterson with Talk News Radio network heard on over 500 radio stations across the U.S. and to be Podcast on Launch radio


Senior Coordinator Andi Bottner conducting radio interviews at Liz Claiborne Foundation's Time to Talk Day in New York City on September 25, 2007. [State Department photo]
Senior Coordinator Andi Bottner conducting radio interviews at Liz Claiborne Foundation's
Time to Talk Day in New York City on September 25, 2007.


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