API Institute's 2011 National Summit

From Gender Violence to Gender Democracy: What Will It Take?

July 24 - 26 2011
San Francisco, California

Supported by grant number 90EV0369 from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families; Family and Youth Services Bureau; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

On behalf of the steering committee and staff of the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, we would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all of our Speakers, Performers, Volunteers and Attendees at the 2011 National Summit. Thank you! The collective knowledge and engagement contributed by all of you made the Summit a tremendous success!

Summit Resources and Materials

We've heard the overwhelming request for materials and resources to be made available so as to further and deepen the conversations and connections ignited at the Summit. You can find these on the API Institute's website here: http://www.api-gbv.org/resources/summit2011.php

Summit Dates:

Sunday, July 24 2011 | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday, July 25 2011 | 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday, July 26 2011 | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


InterContinental San Francisco
888 Howard Street
San Francisco CA 94103


Fee: $75.00 per person
Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/apiidvsummit
Deadline: Registration will be open until the event date, July 24, 2011.

Please note that the deadline to receive financial sponsorship from the API Institute and/or to reserve hotel accommodations at the Intercontinental Hotel with the government per diem of $142.00 plus tax per night has passed as of July 5, 2011.


To engage advocates serving Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, their organizations, and allies to build the architecture of gender democracy by addressing violence against women and sexism; applying gender analyses in culturally-relevant intervention and prevention; and highlighting the role of movements in establishing margin-to-center approaches that are marked by collective power, compassion, collaboration, and creativity.


  1. Strengthen advocacy and analysis to address critical issues and new trends in domestic and sexual violence faced by Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders;
  2. Strategize for cultural change work on gender expectations, norms and roles in multi-generational immigrant and refugee communities;
  3. Build networks for sharing practices and expertise on culturally relevant and linguistically specific strategies centered on the intersection of demographic (youth, LGBTQ, elderly, Muslims, etc) and ethnic identities;
  4. Deepen understanding of what it takes to create change . in systems through policy advocacy; in abusive individuals and communities through accountability; and in our movement to end gender oppression and mobilize for positive goals like gender democracy.


DAIWE stands for Dialogue, Analysis, Integration, Wide dissemination and Engagement. This will be the spirit of the summit.s interactive format. Trainers will use multiple ways to present the materials - talks, panel discussions, roundtables, Q & A, fishbowls and/or skits. Attendees will be seated at tables of eight, for discussions, report backs and exercises throughout each session, with energetic interactions among presenters and attendees.

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  • Organizations that address gender-based violence against Asians, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (API) to include:
    • Domestic violence and sexual assault agencies for API victims/survivors,
    • Multi-service API agencies with a domestic violence program,
    • Pan-ethnic domestic violence organizations with API programs staffed by advocates from the community,
    • Systems advocates working with API battered women,
    • One to four staff per agency to include front line staff, community organizers and executive directors.
  • National domestic violence organizations and state coalitions, and
  • Technical assistance & training providers.


Each session will feature:

  • Analysis and applications relevant to API communities
  • Response strategies to critical issues and trends
  • Highlights from community-based-organizations
  • Tools for cultural change through art and popular culture
  • Policy requests and the "elevator speech"

Confronting Gender Violence: Analysis & Change

Gender and patriarchy are central to analyzing violence against women. In minoritized communities, the intersections of gender, race, culture and class are equally important but get played out as competing analyses. Cultures have prescribed gender roles forever, time for us to prescribe changes.

Lifetime Spiral of Gender Violence and Implications for Advocacy

Analysis of violence, coercive control, and sexism over the lifecourse; including trends and responses to gendered harms for API children, teens/youth, young adults, adults, mothers, elders, and LGBTQ individuals.

Sexual Violence & Coercion: Trends & Responses

Trends such as reproductive sabotage, sexting, etc. in hook-ups, relationships, friends-with-benefits; advocacy responses relevant to college students, refugees raped in conflict zones, immigrants, and trafficked women; and breaking down barriers in API communities and API domestic violence programs.

Language Access & Interpretation

Working with interpreters; differentiating between bilingual advocacy and interpretation; advocating for legal and court interpretation for victims with limited English proficiency; roles, responsibilities and coordination across systems; working with Deaf survivors with limited ASL (American Sig Language) proficiency.

Trauma-Informed Advocacy, DV-Informed Therapy

Basics of trauma and its effects on the brain and body; mental health issues and trauma facing teen, adult and elderly APIs; and culturally-relevant and gender-informed interventions.

Organizational Sustainability

Working for peace and liberation are lifelong practices. It means fierce determination and generous compassion. It means taking calculated risks, because that is the nature of our work to interrupt the oppressive cycle of violence and abuse, but not being overly risk-adverse. It is about building self-worth, empowerment, respect and equal treatment for survivors, for ourselves, for our workers, colleagues, and allies in this movement. It is also important to document, research and demonstrate if our approaches are working by learning how to collect evidence to document practice. These are essential elements to the success of our work and our movement.

Organizing for Gender Democracy

What will it take to stop men.s violence? How do we successfully educate Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities about the harms of patriarchy, sexism, gender oppression? What strategies and tools for culture change work succeed or fail, and why? Gender and economic inequality reinforce oppression, what will it take to build equality, fairness and gender democracy?

Activism through Art & Popular Culture

Creativity is the antidote for the status quo; cultural expression is essential to social/ cultural change. Utilization of art, dance, spoken word, mixed media to evolve API cultures from gender oppression to gender democracy.

Other Possible Topics

  • Homicides, Domestic Violence and Asian Families: Findings and Recommendations from the API Institute's Shattered Lives report.
  • Cultural Competency and Gender Competency: Designing Approaches to Train Systems Personnel.
  • Forced Marriages of Teens and Young Adults.
  • Abused Mothers & their Children: Systems Designed to Protect or Harm?

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Contact Information

All general queries, please contact the API Institute at 415.568.3313 or info@api-gbv.org
Financial support: Chic Dabby at 415.568.3315 or cdabby [at] api-gbv.org
To pay by credit card: Nancy Wan at 415.568.3313 or nwan [at] api-gbv.org
Registration: Jeanne Larson, BWJP, Minneapolis, at 612.824.8768 ext 101 or jlarson [at] bwjp.org