"New Rules for Radicals"

"New Rules for Radicals"

Anne Ream

3.11.2016

Anne Ream

Anne K. Ream is a Chicago-based writer and the founder of the Voices and Faces Project, an award-winning storytelling project created to bring the testimonies of survivors of gender-based violence to the attention of the public.

The author of “Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors” (Penguin/Random House), the critically praised memoir of her multi-year, multi-country journey spent listening to the stories of victims of sexual violence and trafficking, Ream’s writing has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and numerous other publications. 

A passionate believer in media as a tool that can create social change, Ream is the cofounder and workshop facilitator for “The Stories We Tell,” North America’s first testimonial-writing program for survivors of gender-related violence, a founding board member at Art Works for Change, which produces contemporary art exhibitions that address issues such as social justice, human rights, gender equity, and environmental sustainability, and a national co-chair of CounterQuo, a US-based initiative created to challenge legal and media responses to violence against women. Ream also serves on the advisory council of the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the United States, RAINN. 

Ream is the recipient of numerous awards for her work on behalf of women and girls, including the Susan Estrich Courage Award, the End Violence Against Women International Visionary Award, Soroptimist International’s “Women Making a Difference” Award, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Council’s Visionary Voice Award, which was presented to her at a 2011 Clinton Presidential Center Ceremony. Ream has been named one of People Magazine’s “ Heroes Among Us,” and was recognized by the Chicago Tribune as one of “Chicago’s Top 40,” in an a article that highlighted the leaders and opinion shapers who "make the city great" while doing work that makes an impact on a national and international level.

"New Rules for Radicals: How Storytellers, Opinion Shapers and Subversives Are Changing the Movement to End Gender-based Violence"

Anne Ream, founder and creative director of The Voices and Faces Project, introduces the audience to a series of stories about gender-justice activists (almost all of them survivors of such violence themselves) who are creating measurable social change. The talk will include the story of a pastor who has developed a ministry focused on sexual violence; a group of survivors in South Africa who are challenging the African National Congress to take gender justice as seriously as they did Apartheid; and a trifecta of online activists who effectively used Facebook to drive a boycott of Facebook  — an action that ultimately led the company to change its policies on addressing anti-woman hate speech. “New Rules for Radicals” is a lecture and photography program that defies conventional wisdom about what it means to be a survivor of rape or abuse, showcasing the storytellers, opinion shapers and subversives who are radically changing the movement to end gender-based violence.