Archive for November 25th, 2011

25/11/2011

Say ‘NO’ – UNiTE to End Violence against Women

Human Wrongs Watch

New York – Based on country data available, between 15 to 76 per cent of women experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime. It happens everywhere – at home and at work, on the streets and in schools, during peacetime and in conflict, reports UN Women.

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Violence against women and girls has far-reaching consequences, harming families and communities, stunting human develop- ment, and undermining economic growth, it adds.

“Everyone has a role to play in combating this global pandemic; the time to act together is NOW.”

The social mobilisation platform on ending violence against women and girls “Say NO – UNiTE” aims to trigger and highlight actions by individuals, governments and civil society partners.

Actions can range from reaching out to students at schools, to volunteering at local shelters, advocating for legislation or donating funds towards programmes that protect women and girls from violence, and more.

Every action is counted to symbolise the groundswell of engagement that exists on the issue. Everybody can y should join now.

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25/11/2011

UN to Jordan: ‘End Violence against Women!’

Human Wrongs Watch

Geneva – “Jordan must take further steps to eradicate violence against women and ensure gender equality,” an independent UN human rights expert said.

Queen Noor of Jordan - Picture: David Shankbone* | Wikimedia Commons

Rashida Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, wrapped up a two-week visit to the Middle East country with a warning to authorities that a purely legal or programmatic approach will not be sufficient given that so many of Jordanian women have followed traditional roles.

“Women need to be provided with opportunities and also an enabling environment to achieve equality of results,” she said in a statement issued in Amman.

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