“Remember the dignity of your womanhood. Do not appeal, do not beg, do not grovel. Take courage, join hands, stand beside us, fight with us.” Christabel Pankhurst
UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet – discrimination and violence against women and girls have no place in the 21st century.
16 Steps to end violence against Women - UNO
Invest-in gender equality and women’s empowerment
Enhance women’s economic empowerment
Increase public awareness and social mobilization
Engage the mass media
Work for and with young people as champions of change
Mobilize men and boys (1-6) Contd Below
Today is International Women’s Day, 8 March 2013, and the United Nations theme for this year is: “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.” The goal of this year’s theme is to encourage communities globally to stand firm and put an end to violence against women. Even with all the progress women enjoy, acts of violence against women remain a stumbling block in our fight for equality. According to the UN, 603 million women live in nations that have not criminalized domestic violence. About 70% of women, globally, have experienced physical or sexual violence.
“My campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women, is playing its part in spreading the message: violence against women and girls is a gross human rights violation that must be punished.” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Toms Stories : Dr Salma
International Women’s Day 2013 Google Doodle [HQ]
16 Steps to end violence against Women – UNO
Donate to the UN Trust Fund to end violence against women.
Provide adequate public resources
Train providers of frontline services
Ensure universal access to critical services
End impunity towards conflict related sexual violence(7-11) Contd Below
This year’s focus on ending all forms of violent acts against women is an important theme because it encourages all of us to pay attention to the women around us and take collective action to end it. To help spur us on to action, the UN has offered 16 actionable steps to end violence against women. If we are able to act on a few steps at a time, it would make a huge difference in the lives of abused women. I divided the steps into 3 segments and put them in block quotes above and below. Please read them and choose which ones you’d like to share with your friends, family and community. More below!
“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” Melinda Gates
One Woman: A Song for UN Women
16 Steps to end violence against Women – UNO
Make justice accessible to women and girls
Develop national and local action plans
Adopt and enforce laws
Ratify international and regional treaties
Collect, analyze and disseminate national data(12-16)
When we talk about acts of violence against women, it includes child prostitution, female genital mutilation, rape, modern-day slavery, honor killings, war crimes, and other acts. UN figures (click on the pdf for more data) show that 50% of sexual assaults are on underage girls (16 and under), and that worldwide, 60 million girls leave home to become child brides, often to much older men. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979, is often cited as an international bill of rights for women, but it remains under consideration as some member nations continue to challenge its content, and demand changes. It is my dream that one day, we will all live equitably and harmoniously on planet Earth.
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Positive Motivation Tip: Women can empower others by showing support and speaking out against bullies and abusers. Take a stand. Reach for the stars…
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