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It’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women! #VAW

The United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo.

According to UN Women, violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. It can include physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse, and it cuts across boundaries of age, race, culture, wealth and geography. It takes place in the home, on the streets, in schools, the workplace, in farm fields, refugee camps, during conflicts and crises. It has many manifestations — from the most universally prevalent forms of domestic and sexual violence, to harmful practices, abuse during pregnancy, so-called honour killings and other types of femicide.

Learn more about how you can make a difference: http://www.un.org/en/women/endviolence/

 

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November 25, 2012 at 6:10 pm Leave a comment

“A world in balance requires gender equality, says @UN_Women” #genderequality #rioplus20 #hwhtw

A world in balance requires gender equality, says UN Women

Michelle Bachelet outlines policy actions needed at Rio+20 Conference to bring transformational change.

United Nations, New York, 14 June 2012 — Ahead of the UN Conference for Sustainable Development next week in Rio de Janeiro, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet has called upon world leaders for bold action and strong commitments to advance women’s equal rights, opportunity and participation. The Conference, also known as Rio+20, will bring together heads of state and government, and representatives of civil society and the private sector to build a road map for a sustainable future, aiming to reduce poverty and advance equality and environmental protection.

Read the full statement: http://www.unwomen.org/2012/06/a-world-in-balance-requires-gender-equality-says-un-women/

June 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

Video: “Peru: A League of Their Own”

According to this video from Al Jazeera, “Football is helping the women of the Andes find a political voice and fight the effects of climate change.”

“We were the first to organise activities for women of this community. We were the first women to play football in this place. Nobody had ever thought of it before. But they all came to play and haven’t stopped ever since.”
Read more and watch the video: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/witness/2011/08/201181762344708494.html

September 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

“Michelle Bachelet Has a Mission” @gaylelemmon

gayle lemmon photoNew from Gayle Lemmon: her “first piece for Newsweek as a contributing editor at large writing stories about economics and development with a focus on women.”

Michelle Bachelet Has a Mission
The U.N. tapped Chile’s former president to help women. Will politicians let her succeed?

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

September 12, 2011 1:0 AM EDT

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called July 2, 2010, a “watershed day.” That was when the General Assembly approved the creation of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women—known simply as U.N. Women. Intended to give (in Ban’s words) “a much stronger voice for women and for gender equality” around the world, the organization replaced four underfunded and obscure bureaucracies devoted to women with a single entity that would finally give half the world’s population the high-profile platform it deserved.

Leading the new organization and charged with boosting its profile would be one of the world’s most powerful and inspiring women, Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile. Bachelet’s accomplishments are rooted in the traumatic experiences of her early adulthood. When Chile’s government was overthrown in a coup led by Augusto Pinochet in 1973, Bachelet’s father (an Air Force general who backed the deposed Salvador Allende) was arrested and tortured in prison. He came home briefly under house arrest before being thrown back in detention, where he died of a heart attack under suspicious circumstances in 1974 at the age of 51.

In January 1975, state security forces arrested Bachelet herself, then a 23-year-old medical student, and her mother, taped their eyes shut, and jailed them in Villa Grimaldi, a mansion turned into a house of terror where prisoners were routinely beaten, shocked with electricity, raped, and killed. Despite the ordeal, Bachelet refused to break, reportedly singing with other prisoners to keep sane and helping to treat women raped by the guards. Bachelet has never spoken in detail about the period, other than acknowledging that she was beaten, noting instead that she was one of the “lucky ones” who survived before being sent into exile in Australia following the intervention of family members.

Read the full article: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/09/11/michelle-bachelet-has-a-mission-to-help-the-world-s-women.html

September 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment

Empowering Women and Girls Through International Sports Exchanges

“In the lead-up to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the kick-off to the 40th anniversary year of Title IX, the U.S. Department of State launched a series of international soccer exchanges to highlight the value of sports in empowering women and girls.”

These exchanges include:

– The Sports Visitor Program, which brought girls’ soccer teams from Bolivia, Germany, Malaysia, Pakistan,the Palestinian Territories, and South Africa to the U.S. to meet and play together

– The Sports Envoy Programs, which sends U.S. Women’s soccer stars, such as Briana Scurry and Amanda Cromwell, abroad to teach soccer skills and provide role models for aspiring women soccer players

– The Women’s Sports Management exchange, which provides education and best-practices sharing for girls’ and womens’ sports programs that “promote leadership, teamwork, respect, self awareness and life skills”

Read more: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/06/165051.htm

June 9, 2011 at 10:34 am 1 comment

Tarcila Rivera Zea: “Lifting the Voices of Indigenous People”

Another Ford Foundation Visionaries Award winner, Tarcila Rivera Zea, was also recognized for her work empowering women:

Lifting the Voices of Indigenous People

Tarcila Rivera Zea

Tarcila Rivera Zea
Founder & Executive Director, CHIRAPAQ (The Center for Indigenous Peoples’ Cultures of Peru)
Lima, Peru

“Tarcila Rivera Zea started her teenage years as an indigenous servant in a small Quechuan village and today runs one of South America’s most influential organizations for indigenous people. Over the 20 years since she founded CHIRAPAQ, she and her staff have worked to give indigenous people a national and global voice, secure equality and access to opportunities they have been denied, and develop pride for indigenous cultures. Rivera Zea helped create the International Forum of Indigenous Women of the Americas and other bodies working to strengthen the lives of some 25 million indigenous women across the region.”

Read more about CHIRAPAQ:

Read more about the other Visionaries Award winners: http://www.fordfoundation.org/newsroom/news-from-ford/480

May 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

Under Sec. Otero on Human Rights in the Obama Administration

In a recent speech at American University, Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero emphasized the importance of gender equality in the Obama Administration’s human rights policy:

“Our support of civil society in its pursuit of human rights also means elevating our commitment to marginalized and disenfranchised groups, including women, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

“For example, despite bearing the brunt of society’s political and economic challenges, women across the Americas’ continue to drive democratic change and social equality. I have met with women leaders in Brazil who are fighting the scourge of human trafficking. Women in Honduras are raising their voices in the name of freedom of speech, and protecting the place of human rights defenders in society. In Colombia, women are defending the rights of the 3 million internally displaced people. And in Cuba, the Damas de Blanco were recently honored for its work fighting for fundamental freedoms. Yet, despite these heroic examples, women remain marginalized by outdated legislation and lackluster law enforcement. Even as we gather here today, women in the Middle East are struggling to make their voices heard in nascent democratic transitions. As countries seek to establish more stable, respected governments, the role of women will be tantamount to their success.”

Read the full speech: http://www.state.gov/g/161910.htm

May 6, 2011 at 12:58 pm Leave a comment

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