Posts tagged ‘violence against women’

Passports to Progress Event feat. Andrea Mitchell, Christy Turlington Burns – March 7

Rude Awakening

The complex epidemic of violence young women and girls face in India and beyond

Join the International Center for Research on Women on the eve of International Women’s Day for its first Passports to Progress event in support of its new campaign, Turning Point: Changing the Course for Adolescent Girls Worldwide. A diverse panel of leading experts in the fields of gender, rights and development will discuss the many ways in which violence against women – especially young women and girls – in non-conflict settings has become a global epidemic.

Moderator:

Andrea Mitchell NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and host of MSNBC’S “Andrea Mitchell Reports”

Panelists:

Michael Elliott, President/CEO of ONE

Christy Turlington Burns, Founder of Every Mother Counts and Director/Producer of “No Woman, No Cry”

Stella Mukasa, Director of Gender Violence and Rights at ICRW

Ravi Verma, Regional Director, Asia at ICRW

With a special video presentation by Kavita Ramdas, Ford Foundation’s Regional Representative in New Delhi.

When: Thursday, March 7, 2013               6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: National Press Club 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor Washington, DC 20045

This event is free to attend, but registration is required.

Register here: http://passports2progress2013.eventbrite.com/#

February 22, 2013 at 10:39 am 1 comment

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 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

Be the Change: Support the Walk to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls @USNC_UNWomen

The UN Women US National Committee is hosting annual Walk to End Violence Against Women and Girls events across the country this spring!

If you’re in the D.C. area, join the National Capital Chapter’s walk on Saturday, April 28th: http://www.unwomen-usnc.org/natcapital/calendarofevents

To make a donation in support of the walk, click here: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/allison-asplin/2012nationalcapitalwalk

To learn about walks in other cities, click here: http://www.unwomen-usnc.org/walks

From USNC:

“Why are we walking? — Violence against women and girls is a worldwide pandemic; — up to 70% of women experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime; — among women aged 15 to 44, acts of violence cause more death and disability than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined; — the cost of intimate partner violence in the U.S. exceeds $5.8 billion per year; — 102 countries have no specific legal provisions against domestic violence.

This Trust Fund is the only global multilateral grant-making mechanism exclusively devoted to supporting local, national and regional efforts of organizations to combat gender-based violence. Since it began operations in 1997, the Trust Fund has awarded more than US$19 million to 263 initiatives to address violence against women in 115 countries. UN Women administers the Trust Fund.”

April 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change (Purse) @oprah #hwhtw

As seen in Oprah:

Change Purse collects donated purses and sells them to support organizations that work directly with potential and rescued victims, as well as survivors, of sex trafficking.

Shop for a new purse, donate an old one, or host a Change Purse party:  http://www.changepurse.org/

April 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm 1 comment

Got Something to Say About Women? @NCRWorg #hwhtw

Then apply to lead a session at the National Council for Research on Women’s annual conference, June 20-22 at Georgetown University!

“The National Council for Research on Women invites professionals and students working on key research, policy, and advocacy issues relating to women, domestically or globally, to submit proposals to participate in breakout and poster sessions during the Conference. We encourage proposals that focus on advancing women’s leadership and strengthening economic security for low-income women as well as global women’s issues, such as human rights agendas and preventing violence against women, including research studies, economic analyses, and case studies. We welcome sessions and topics that include a gender, class, and race lens. Proposals must be submitted via email by 5 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 to: contact@ncrw.org.”

For more information on submitting a proposal for a breakout session or a poster session: http://www.ncrw.org/sites/ncrw.org/files/NCRW%20CALL%20FOR%20PROPOSALS%20rev%206.pdf

For general info on the NCRW annual conference: http://www.ncrw.org/events/2012/06/20/ncrw-annual-conference-2012-strengthening-womens-economic-security-and-leadership

April 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

“Patrick Stewart Fights For Women’s Refuges” #hwhtw

It’s great to see a male celebrity raising awareness (and funds) in the effort to end violence against women.  HWHTW has to agree with Perez Hilton on this one: “We love you, Patrick Stewart!”

“The actor is standing up for women’s rights and against domestic violence.  Stewart’s mother was a victim of domestic abuse and he has become a advocate of Refuge, the U.K.’s first women’s shelter.

“However, Refuge is facing strict budget limitations and Stewart pleads with the public to help.”

Read more: http://perezhilton.com/2012-02-07-patrick-stewart-tries-to-save-womens-refuges#.TzGk8WMc1wZ

February 11, 2012 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

Secretary Clinton: “The way we build peace isn’t getting the job done” #hwhtw

Yesterday, Secretary Clinton gave a speech at Georgetown University on “Women, Peace, and Security.”  A striking excerpt:

“Now I know some of you may be thinking to yourself, ‘Well, there she goes again.  Hillary Clinton always talks about women, and why should I or anyone else really care?’  Well, you should care because this is not just a woman’s issue.  It cannot be relegated to the margins of international affairs.  It truly does cut to the heart of our national security and the security of people everywhere, because the sad fact is that the way the international community tries to build peace and security today just isn’t getting the job done.  Dozens of active conflicts are raging around the world, undermining regional and global stability, and ravaging entire populations.  And more than half of all peace agreements fail within five years.”

Read and watch video of the speech: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/12/179173.htm

December 20, 2011 at 12:02 pm 1 comment

“When Women Make Peace” @pbs #hwhtw

I had the honor of attending a private screening of this eye-opening documentary series last week at CFR, with a lively question-and-answer session with filmmaker Abigail Disney. 

“Are women inherently more peaceful than men? And are women’s interests always united when it comes to debates over war and peace?

“These are just some of the intriguing questions brought up by a new PBS documentary series, Women, War, and Peace.” 

Read more: http://www.nationinstitute.org/featuredwork/fellows/2431/when_women_make_peace/?utm_source=tweetdeck&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tweetdeck

November 24, 2011 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

“Yemeni women burn traditional female veils to protest regime crackdown” #arabspring #hwhtw

Women in Yemen are making their voices heard, through dramatic protests aginst the brutal government crackdown.

“In the capital, Sanaa, the women spread a black cloth across a main street and threw their full-body veils, known as makrama, onto a pile, sprayed it with oil and set it ablaze. As the flames rose, they chanted: ‘Who protects Yemeni women from the crimes of the thugs?’

“The women in Yemen have taken a key role in the uprising against President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s authoritarian rule that erupted in March, inspired by other Arab revolutions. Their role came into the limelight earlier in October, when Yemeni woman activist Tawakkul Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with two Liberian women, for their struggle for women’s rights.”

Read the full article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/yemeni-women-burn-traditional-face-body-veils-to-protest-government-crackdown-on-protesters/2011/10/26/gIQAllQQIM_story.html

November 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

Video: “Iraqi activist: Baghdad betrayed me”

Here’s a fascinating article with video from CNN on Iraqi women’s rights activist Noof Assi.

Iraqi activist: Baghdad betrayed me

By Arwa Damon, CNN

September 12, 2011 — Updated 1404 GMT (2204 HKT)

“The heading on 21-year-old Noof Assi’s blog page is the classic Gandhi quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

She is often at the forefront of demonstrations in Iraq demanding basic services and reforms — but her road from child to activist has been dogged by bloodshed and violence.

She said: “I have to be the change, not to change people and stay the same. So I did it, I am trying to do it. I am not the girl that goes to the protests from the beginning with the boys, all this stuff.”

Noof is a fabric design major turned activist and blogger, working at the human rights group, al-Amal, which means hope.

She shows us what she wrote a few years ago. “I dream to sleep without painkillers. I dream to wake up in a home that gives me love and hope, not to end up in a grave.””

Read more and watch the video: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/09/09/9.11.iraq/

October 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

“Staying Connected: Egyptian Women Use Social Media to Combat Gender Inequality, Violence” @humanrights1st #hwtw

This blog post from Human Rights First describes how women in Egypt are taking control of their futures by harnessing social media such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and mobile apps.

Staying Connected: Egyptian Women Use Social Media to Combat Gender Inequality, Violence

8-17-2011

By Alison Searle
Administrative Assistant for Advocacy

 
A new generation of Egyptian women is speaking up to address long-standing gender and equality issues. Since the fall of President Mubarak, sexual harassment cases have become more public as women’s political participation becomes increasingly widespread. Campaigners stress the need for Egyptian women to unite as they face some of the worst treatment in the world…  According to the World Economic Reform’s Global Gender Gap Index, Egypt has ranked in the bottom 10 for the past 5 years…
 
In an effort to combat the rise in gender inequality and violence, women are using social media—a regional catalyst in the fight for democracy—as an advocacy and awareness tool. HarassMap is a website that allows women to report sexual harassment via email, text or Twitter to track where assaults are taking place throughout the country. Facebook and other media websites continue to promote dialogue about women’s issues with on-the-ground updates. The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights produces blogs in English and Arabic in an attempt to bridge the movement’s generation gap and appeal to a more international constituency.

Read the full article: http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/2011/08/17/staying-connected-egyptian-women-use-social-media-to-combat-gender-iequality-violence/

August 19, 2011 at 12:34 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

“In India, Maids Need Protection and Respect”

Sister Jeanne DevosDomestic workers face serious workplace dangers:  human trafficking, underpayment, beatings, sexual exploitation, and forcible confinement.  The International Labor Organization’s Convention on Domestic Workers was approved by over 100 countries, including India, in June, and India’s domestic workers are hopeful that it will mean an improvement in their working conditions.

From the New York Times:

“The situation is changing rather fast, and in the last five years we’ve seen great improvement,” Sister Jeanne [Devos] said. Seven Indian states have passed laws bringing domestic workers under the Minimum Wage Act, a small but significant recognition of basic rights. Social security benefits will be available for the first time soon, with the government announcing health insurance coverage for domestic workers and three family members. And Sister Jeanne, like many other activists in this field, hopes that the norms set by the International Labor Organization convention will be accepted by individual Indian states, even if it takes a few years for the central government to ratify the convention.

“One of the more contentious issues for domestic workers in India is the question of workplace safety. A landmark bill in 2010 tackling sexual harassment in the workplace was criticized for omitting domestic workers. The argument of its framers was that it would be difficult to police private homes.

“The task force from the Ministry of Labor is looking into the amendment to the sexual harassment bill,” Sister Jeanne said. “If the home is defined as a private space, then the employer should not take on an outsider as a worker. It starts with the name — domestic worker — it’s an identity. It allows workers to see the dignity of their work, to make comparisons with air hostesses, or to see the value of the work they do, whether this is child care or care for the aged.”

Read the full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/13/world/asia/13iht-letter13.html?_r=2&ref=women

August 1, 2011 at 12:21 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

In Angola, “Law on Domestic Violence a Step Forward for Women’s Rights”

This month, Angola passed a law against domestic violence, making it a “public crime” and providing state financial support for victims who are financially dependent on their attackers.

From the Inter Press Service:

“Domestically abused women who are financially dependent on their abusers can now report the crime with the assurance that they will be able to get financial and medical support from the state, thanks to the country’s new law on domestic violence.

“Women’s campaigners have welcomed the introduction of the new law, which was signed into the statue books on Jul. 8, and which criminalises domestic violence and offers protection to victims and their families.

“Until now domestic violence had not been illegal in Angola – and on the rare occasions it reached court, it was prosecuted under rape, assault and battery laws…

“Angola’s minister for women and family promotion, Genoveva Lino, who has led the fight to criminalise domestic violence for a number of years, described the new legislation as a “victory for all Angolans” that would “help build stronger and more stable family units.”

Read more: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=56464

July 21, 2011 at 12:31 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

Community of Democracies’ Working Group on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights

This week, the Community of Democracies’ Working Group on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights met in Vilnius, Lithuania.  The Working Group was established in April 2010 with this mission statement:

“The status of the world’s women is not only a matter of morality and justice, but a political, economic and social imperative. When women are free to develop their talents and contribute fully to their societies, everyone benefits. Most of the world is now in agreement that women’s rights are human rights. We say a further step is needed: women’s progress is human progress.”

The Working Group focuses on 4 priorities:

  • Women and governance
  • Women and economic development
  • Women and violence
  • Women, peace and security 

Read more: http://community-democracies.org/images/stories/WGGE_press_release.pdf

July 3, 2011 at 12:44 pm Leave a comment

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