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Raise your voice and end violence against women and girls. Submit a story!

23 November 2009 2 Comments

Level: International — Pillar: Women’s Health and Well-being

This week’s featured story came in from Washington, DC:

November 25 marks Day 1 of the internationally recognized 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

The need for this day, and more importantly the need for an end to violence against women, is plain to see. Worldwide, up to 70% of women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime – the majority by husbands, intimate partners or someone they know. Among women aged 15 to 44, acts of violence cause more death and disability than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents, and war combined.

This year the 16 Days of Activism campaign is paying particular attention to honoring groups and individuals who are committed to bringing violence against women to the forefront of global attention, to encouraging everyone in their various capacities to take action, and to demanding accountability for all of the past promises made to eliminate this violence.

Peace X Peace members in countries around the world are working during these 16, as well as the other 349, days of the year to provide support services for survivors, spur greater prevention efforts, and press for legal and judicial reform. Cheyla McCormack in the United States founded her own organization, called One in Three Women, in order to write a “new story” and create a new world where women and children can live and thrive without violence and abuse. Mercy Ogbonna Chidi in Kenya works at the Brenda Boone Hope (Tumaini) Centre where she helps girls like Janet. Janet is 14 years old. She was raped in 2003 and has been traumatized for a very long time. She was infected with HIV/ AIDS and suffered tearing that led to the removal of her uterus.

The voices of women – and the men who support them – need to be heard. Women are subjected to violence in many forms – much of which the global media ignores, under-plays or simply is not aware of. We need to raise the profile of gender-based violence and women-led solutions.

Take action today by raising your voice. Tell us: Do you or someone you know have an experience with gender-based violence that you are willing to share? What do you believe can be done to ensure that women and girls live in a world free of violence? Why do you think ending violence against women and girls should be a priority? Share your insights by submitting a comment or story to Voices from the Frontline on the Peace X Peace website.

Note: The Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign aims to incite and highlight actions by individuals, governments and civil society partners. Find out about actions in your area here.

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2 Comments to “Raise your voice and end violence against women and girls. Submit a story!”
  1. Sue Botes says:

    I only read this post today. But better late than never!
    As a victim of both childhood sexual abuse (stepfather) and domestic violence (ex-husband)I believe there is only one way to change the status quo regarding ”in-house” acts of violence against women and that is for women to expose perpetrators of these acts – even if this means exposing the men we love. I guess though that first, we need to examine why we keep the veil over these shameful acts in the first place.
    Keep fighting the good fight!
    All the best for 2010.
    Sue Botes (Dubai)

  2. Mary says:

    Violence against women is a growing issue in the United States. There are some excellent organizations working to help young women in need. Vista Maria for example, is a leading crusader to curtail violence against women. They are an excellent resource and can be very helpful for young women dealing with these issues.

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