Thursday, October 23, 2008

UNIFEM Say No To Violence Campaign

UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund For Women) has a campaign going now called Say NO to Violence Against Women which seeks to address this violence which happens around the globe as the human rights issue that it is rather than viewing this pervasive violence as nothing more than a bunch of individual acts of violence.

From the facts and figures page:
Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions. At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime — with the abuser usually someone known to her [1]. Perhaps the most pervasive human rights violation that we know today, it devastates lives, fractures communities, and stalls development.
UNIFEM's efforts to combat violence against women are varied and include assessment, prevention and working with different countries to ensure a strong legal framework of laws and enforcement.

To add your support for this campaign go to I've added my name to the list of over 200,000 supporters.

For ideas on how to help spread the word or how you can help in other ways, go to the you can help page.

Hat tip: Jenny H.

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