16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence 2013

Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women is a social mobilization platform on ending violence against women and girls. Launched in November 2009 by UN Women, Say NO – UNiTE showcases advocacy efforts and engages people from all walks of life, online and on the ground.(1)

Connect with Say No To Violence for news updates, stories, and ideas on how to get involved in your area. During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign (November 25-December 10), people around the globe will be wearing orange to raise awareness and act in solidarity against the violence and oppression of women. How will you be involved?

INSPIRATION TO GET YOUR ORANGE ON:

  • Share your stories and messages on Twitter on how you “Orange Your World” during the 16 Days of Activism. (Use #orangeurworld on Twitter)
  • Wear orange, take a picture of yourself and share with the world why you are taking a stand by tweeting #Iwearorange because…
  • Join UN Women’s #AskPhumzile Twitter chat with Executive Director @phumzileunwomen (Date TBD)
  • Tweetup with @SayNO_UNiTE and worldwide friends at the end of the 16 Days of Activism on 10 December. (Check UNiTE website for further information as available)
  • Read International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
  • Visit “Orange Your World in 16 Days” on Facebook
  • Check out more social media sites: Google+,Pinterest, Instagram
  • Visit UN Women In Focus web page
  • Watch the UNiTE Campaign and Permanent Mission of Italy’s hosting of a Theatrical Performance called “Wounded to Death”.

Powerless and silence go together. -Margaret Atwood

Keep the flame of hope burning… Speak out against all forms of violence and oppression of women and girls, (and while you’re at it, wear orange!)

(1) Say NO-UniTE to End Violence Against Women website

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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™–”Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women


“I welcome the chorus of voices calling for an end to the violence that affects an estimated one in three women in her lifetime. I applaud leaders who are helping to enact and enforce laws and change mindsets. And I pay tribute to all those heroes around the world who help victims to heal and to become agents of change.” –Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

This year, the UNITE Campaign is extending Orange Day to 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, starting November 25, (International Day to End Violence Against Women), through December 10, (Human Rights Day).

The Secretary General’s Campaign UNITE to End Violence Against Women
has proclaimed the 25th of each month, “Orange Day”, stating: Among other actions, the Orange Day invites us to wear something orange to highlight its calls for the eradication of violence against women without reservation, equivocation or delay.

QUICK FACTS:

1 in 3 women & girls experience violence in their lifetime. Violence against women is never acceptable, and not inevitable.

Over 64 million girls worldwide are child brides. 1 in 3 girls will be married before they turn 18.

140 million girls & women have suffered Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). It’s a form of violence against women and girls.

40-50% of women in EU countries face unwanted sexual advances or other forms of sexual harassment at work.

Ending violence against women is smart for economies. Intimate partner violence cost USD 5.8 billion in the US, GBP 22.9 billion in England and Wales, and AUD 13.6 billion in Australia.

Violence against women happens everywhere, every day. In cities, women are twice as likely as men to experience violence.

Every minute 1 young woman is infected with #HIV. Violence against women increases the risk of new infections.

Women are 2-4 times more likely than men to get HIV.

For 30% of women worldwide, their first sexual experience was forced.

Over half of all victims of sexual assault are girls under the age of 16.

Join advocates from around the world for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Share how you plan to “Orange Your World” (#orangeurworld) from November 25-December 10, with actions to end violence against women and girls. Together, we can raise our voices and make a difference!

Get Involved & Learn More.

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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™–”Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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International Women’s Day 2013: You’ve Come a Long Way Baby… But We’re Not Done Yet!

 

International Women’s Day is a global celebration of women past, present and future and their achievements.

As we read through history, and hear current accounts of the advancement of women’s rights, there is much cause to celebrate. Not because women want to be men, or because women feel the need to be superior to men. But because women being granted equal rights to treatement and access allows them to be treated equally as human beings.

So much has been said about the “War on Women”. In my view, the war on women includes anything that seeks to inhibit, destroy, demean, or deny a girl or woman her rightful place in existence. Not just at a certain point in history, or within her particular culture, but something even bigger than that. The war on women means the things that try to mess with her destiny to dream, be free, be valued, and to live her life fully. It’s about her purpose, her passions, and her very existence as a living breathing human being–one that will, if allowed, leave her unique impression in the world.

So blatant are these opponents, that they still dare to rear their ugly heads even in this so-called “modern civilization” of humanity. An old marketing slogan said, “You’ve come a long way baby!” But undeniably, there is still a long way left to go. That is why we continue to raise our voices, and to lead, not to be led. Let us think with our minds, feel with our hearts, for ourselves, and not be coerced into deception. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Things are constantly evolving, we must commit to being vigilant about the things that matter most. Walt Whitman said, “Either define the moment or the moment will define you.” In the same way, as fellow sojourners, we either choose to define ideologies, attitudes, and behaviors in our world based on immutable truth or, something else will define them for us.   

It is for the modern-day war on women. It is for those trapped in sex trafficking, and child pornography, and the corrupt hearts and systems of a broken world that perpetuate their enslavement. It is for the child brides, and those women who still today, are required to cover their faces as they walk the planet. It is because of dowry murders, using rape as a weapon of war, and all violent crimes against women. It is for the girls and women who are denied a proper education, property rights, medical care, or even a place at the proverbial table to simply let their voice be heard.

It is for the women who would have been, but whose voices were snuffed out before they could take their first breath–those counted as “nothing” through the assault of female gendercide and infanticide. For those baby girls who were denied their right to live just because of their gender, and for their mothers whose hearts are ripped from them, along with the daughters from their very hands and wombs.

So, today, I stand with so many other women (and men) around the globe who are grateful for the hard-fought accomplishments on behalf of women’s human rights.  And in the same breath we say, keep on keeping on, because we’re not there yet. It is nearing twilight, and there is still much work to be done.

Let’s celebrate the life, destiny, and freedom of all women–past, present, and future–their potential, their dreams, and their ability to accomplish great things with the help of a united voice championing their powerful destiny.

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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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