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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/

 

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

Join the Discussion: CSW 57 @UN_Women #hwhtw #CSW57

Via UN Women: “Online forum on ending & preventing violence against women & girls. We are calling for civil society input as preparations for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 57 begin.”

“Between 23 July – 3 August 2012, a dynamic online discussion will bring together Civil Society Organisations and experts who work on violence against women around the world. By checking in online during the two weeks, they will answer questions and share thoughts on best practices, gaps and challenges in this field.

“Findings from these inputs will be used by UN Women to inform two UN Secretary-General’s reports for the 57th Commission on the Status of Women and guide the discussion of CSW members. They will also be published online in a report on the key themes of the discussion.

“UN Women encourages and welcomes all those who work in this field to take part in the consultation, contribute your views and experiences, and help to enrich the discussion that will feed into CSW 57.”

Read more and join the conversation: http://www.unwomen.org/2012/07/an-invitation-join-the-discussion-at-csw-57/

July 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Join the US National Committee for UN Women’s Orange Day Twitter Party! @USNC_UNWomen #orangeday #usnc4orange

You’re invited to a Twitter Party to celebrate the launch of Orange Day! Grab something orange, pose for a pic, and tweet it to us at @USNC_UNWomen starting at 12 noon Eastern time (9 AM Pacific)!  Hashtag: #usnc4orange

July 25, 2012 at 9:28 am Leave a comment

Get Ready for Orange Day! #orangeday @SayNO_UNiTE @USNC_UNWomen @UNWomen

The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign has proclaimed the 25thof the month as Orange Day! The first Orange Day will be launched on Wed. 25 July, and will every consecutive month after that leading up to the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March.

The UNiTE campaign will also launch a new ribbon as the symbol for preventing and ending violence against women and girls: http://www.flickr.com/photos/saynotoviolence/7604097164/in/photostream?utm_source=Gender+Experts

Join us!

1.       Wear orange on July 25th

2.       Share it with your networks & tweet about it – here are some ideas:

  • Want to take a stand to make ending #violenceagainstwomen & girls a priority worldwide?Wear orange on the 25th! #orangeday via @SayNO_UNiTE
  • Wondering what to wear? Wear orange on Wed.25 July & say NO to #violenceagainstwomen & girls! #orangeday via @SayNO_UNiTE
  • Wed.25 July is #orangeday! Get ur orange shirt out of the closet &take a stand on ending #violenceagainstwomen & girls! via @SayNO_UNiTE

3.       Change your Facebook cover photo to the Orange Day banner

July 23, 2012 at 9:25 pm Leave a comment

Video: “Break the Silence” @SayNO_UNiTE

“This week’s Say NO – UNiTE Video of the Week (2 – 8 July 2012) is from circleandsquare and was filmed backstage at VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS, a benefit concert for survivors of rape and sexual abuse held on 24 February 2012 in Arusha, Tanzania. It features the song, “Break the Silence,” which was composed for the event by American singer-songwriter Maya Azucena, Kenyan singer-songwriter Maia von Lekow and Kenyan guitarist-vocalist Lavosti.”

Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/saynotoviolence

 

July 6, 2012 at 11:57 am 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

TODAY: “#AskUNWomen Twitter chat on gender equality and sustainable development” @UN_Women

In the lead-up to Rio, grab this chance to chat with  UN Women’s Director of Policy, Saraswathi Menon, on Twitter!  Starting at 10 AM Eastern (US) time, submit your questions on Twitter using the hashtag #AskUNWomen.

“How can women contribute to sustainable development? How can they benefit from it? Want to know more about UN Women’s work in this area? In the week leading up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, UN Women’s expert and Director of Policy Saraswathi Menon will answer your questions live during an interactive twitter chat on gender equality and sustainable development.”

Where: #AskUNWomen & @UN_Women on Twitter

Read more: http://www.unwomen.org/events/55/askunwomen-twitter-chat-on-gender-equality-and-sustainable-development/

June 13, 2012 at 9:15 am Leave a comment

Highlights: USNC-UN Women Annual Conference @USNC_UNWomen #USNCDC #HWHTW

Check out the highlights from the USNC-UN Women Annual Conference on Twitter with hashtag #USNCDC! My favorite so far: learning about community viewing events for the movie Half the Sky in October.

Learn more: https://www.twitter.com/#!/search/Usncdc

June 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm Leave a comment

“Algeria: Increase of Women in Parliament Is a Step Towards Gender Equity” @iKNOW_Politics @MakeWomenCount #myAWD

Congrats to Algeria!

“‘UN Women commends Algeria for reaching and surpassing the target of 30 per cent women in parliament as recommended in the Beijing Platform for Action and general recommendations of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women,’ said the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Michele Bachelet.”

Read the full article: http://allafrica.com/stories/201205170088.html

May 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

Indian Women Leaders Recognized for Accomplishments in Promoting Health @UN_Women #India #hwhtw

Since India’s implementation of quotas in local government, women have put in an impressive performance – bravo!  (See also: “Women as Policy Makers“)

“Puniben Rajpara from Gujarat has improved water facilities in her village, while Shashi Kiran from Himachal Pradesh has demanded one-year maternity leave for working women in her area. At the Women’s Political Empowerment Day Celebrations 2012, they were two of the four outstanding elected women representatives from panchayats (village councils) who were honoured for their efforts to improve health and provide basic social amenities in their villages.”

Read the full article: http://www.unwomen.org/2012/05/elected-women-representatives-in-india-are-awarded-for-their-efforts-to-improve-health/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ungen+%28UN+gender+equality+news+feed%29

May 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

Ban Ki-moon: “The Best Investment a Country Can Make” @UN #hwhtw #maternalhealth

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently spoke at a reception for the in support of “Every Woman Every Child”, in Mumbai, India.  He congratulated India on its efforts to eradicate polio, and challenged the crowd to put the same resources toward maternal and child health, calling it a “common sense approach”:

“[W]e share the same conviction that saving women’s and children’s lives is the best investment any country can make.  If a person is ill, or their child is sick, anyone with resources would not think twice about spending them on health care.  But, somehow, Governments often miss this common-sense approach to what matters in life.”

Read the full speech: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2012/sgsm14261.doc.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ungen+%28UN+gender+equality+news+feed%29

May 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change: “Speak Up for Women Worldwide – Call Congress on March 20, 2012” @USNC_UNWomen @MaggieSchmitz #hwhtw #USNCCall

An urgent appeal from USNC-UN Women: call your representatives today to support U.S. funding for UN Women!

Speak Up for Women Worldwide – join USNC-UN Women on Tuesday, March 20th, in letting Congress know that more financial support is needed for UN Women!

Gender equality is not only a basic human right, but its achievement has enormous socio-economic ramifications. Empowering women fuels thriving economies, strengthens democracies, and increases the likelihood for sustainable peace.  As a symbol of the growing recognition of the role that women play in overall development, UN Women was created in 2010 to be the global champion for women and girls both. Its innovative and groundbreaking programs work from the bottom up and from the top down to ensure that not only do legal and constitutional frameworks spell out women’s rights but that these rights are realized and enforced.

UN Women is making an incredible difference with limited resources but the US can give more.  President Obama requested $7.5 million dollars for UN Women in the budget. While we all understand the tremendous requests for funding, UN Women is asking for a modest increase to $10 million dollars for FY 2013.  Every dollar given to UN Women is maximized locally in developing countries through education and violence prevention projects and economic empowerment programs.  Click here for instructions and a script for making a call to your elected representative.  In doing so, you will be joining the growing chorus of Americans who support women’s rights.

Investing in women is not only the smart thing to do but the right thing to do.  Thank you very much for your support.

Sincerely,

Maggie Forster Schmitz

President, U.S. National Committee for UN Women

March 20, 2012 at 9:28 am Leave a comment

Zainab Salbi wins the 2011 Perdita Huston Human Rights Award! @ZainabSalbi #hwhtw

Congratulations to Zainab Salbi of Women for Women International!  On Thursday, December 8th, she’ll receive the 2011 Perdita Huston Human Rights Award from the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area.  Zainab is being recognized for “dedicating her life to helping women in war-torn regions rebuild their lives and communities.”  A well-deserved honor!

To learn more or register to attend the awards luncheon: http://unanca.citysoft.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Calendar.eventDetail&eventID=52

November 10, 2011 at 10:59 am 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

Pacific Islands Forum: “Leaders vow to improve gender equality record” @nzherald #hwhtw

 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has just announced a commitment from the leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) to increase female political leadership. The New Zealand Herald notes that many of the PIF countries rank at the bottom of the Inter Parliamentary Union’s women-in-politics rankings:

“Many Pacific countries do not have any female MPs, let alone women in positions of leadership… Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is the only woman leader among the 16 countries of the forum.”

However, Mr. Ban reported “genuine commitment from the leaders to improve upon this record and ensure that Pacific Island countries can benefit from the power and potential of all of its citizens, particularly including women.”

Read the full article: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10750187

September 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

UN Women is Hiring! @unwomen #hwhtw

UN Women is hiring for several positions in New York and worldwide, including Arab States Regional Director, Communications and Outreach Specialist (EVAW), and Programme Specialist (Gender and Governance in Fragile and Conflict Affected States).  Act fast – applications are due soon!

See the job postings: http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment/

August 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment

Follow-up: “Progress of the World’s Women” @unwomen

As a follow-up to the “Progress of the World’s Women: In Pursuit of Justice”  report (see previous post New Report: “Progress of the World’s Women: In Pursuit of Justice”), UN Women offers 10 recommendations to make the world’s justice systems work better for women:

10. Put gender equality at the heart of the Millennium Development Goals

9. Invest in women’s access to justice

8. Implement gender-responsive reparations programmes

7. Increase women’s access to courts and truth commissions in conflict and post-conflict contexts.

Read all 10 recommendations, with details: http://progress.unwomen.org/ten-recommendations-to-make-justice-systems-work-for-women/

July 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment

Q&A: South Sudan’s Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare on Africa’s Newest Nation and its Women @unwomen

UN Women has posted an interview with South Sudan’s Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare, Agnes Lasuba!

“On 9 July 2011 the world witnessed the birth of a nation — South Sudan, Africa’s 54th country. In an interview with UN Women, South Sudan’s Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare Agnes Lasuba weighs in on the country’s independence and what it means for women.”

Here’s an excerpt:

What does South Sudan’s independence mean for women?

“South Sudan means a lot for women because they went through hardships during more than 20 years of war. For those women who lost their husbands and sons, they are overjoyed because their spouses and sons did not die in vain, they fought for freedom and South Sudan got freedom. To women it also means peace and stability. It is time for them to develop themselves because during the war they could not progress. With freedom things will be different — things will be better. The independence will bring basic services, like access to health, education, sanitation and clean drinking water to name a few.”

Read the full interview: http://www.unwomen.org/2011/07/qa-south-sudans-minister-of-gender-child-and-social-welfare-on-africas-newest-nation-and-its-women/

July 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

New Report: “Progress of the World’s Women: In Pursuit of Justice” #UNWomen

UN women has issued a new report on women’s access to justice worldwide, “Progress of the World’s Women: In Pursuit of Justice.”

“While some progress has been made – for example, 139 countries and territories now guarantee gender equality in their constitutions, and domestic violence is now outlawed in 125 countries—the report shows that too often, women continue to experience injustice, violence and inequality in their home and working lives.  Globally, 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is still not considered a crime.”

Read more: http://progress.unwomen.org/

July 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm 1 comment

Take Action: “21 Words – Don’t Let Women and Children Suffer”

The Better World Campaign needs your help to keep Congress from de-funding UN women’s and children’s health programs:

21 words. Just 21 unfortunate words are in a new bill that has been introduced in Congress that would end funding for UN programs that promote the health of women and children in 150 countries around the world.

“The legislation, HR 2059, is just 21 words long:

“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of State may not make a contribution to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)”

Take action: https://secure.globalproblems-globalsolutions.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=303

For more info on UNFPA: http://www.unfpa.org/public/

June 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

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