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On March 1, 2012, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a new Policy on Gender Equality and Female Empowerment. US AID operates as the foreign aid branch of the US government and this policy was created to strengthen global efforts to reduce gender gaps.

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"As a mother and a daughter, I can't accept one in three women will be a victim of violence in her lifetime," said actress Reese Witherspoon.  "Victims of domestic violence are an extremely isolated group so we chose to work for helping women in this terrible situation," said Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. Victims like Lavon Morris-Grant shared her own experience of abuse and violence from her husband.

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Reese Witherspoon attended the 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters to announce the winners of the 1st Avon Communications Awards: Speaking Out About Violence Against Women. The winners for storytelling, innovation, breaking the silence, and excellence in communications were ...

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This week, thousands of delegates from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America arrive in Washington D.C. to participate in the 2nd World Conference of Women's Shelters! Hosted by the Global Network of Women's Shelters (GNWS) and the U.S. National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), this conference focuses on worldwide solutions to ending violence against women and children.

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Cecilia Tembe and Achia Camal Mulima Anaíva, who direct Nhamai and  LeMuSiCa’s shelter programmes respectively, will join nearly 1,500 advocates and service providers at the 2nd World Conference of Women's Shelters in Washington DC, hosted by the National Network to End Violence against Women (NNEDV), from 27 February to 1 March. The conference will be an unparalleled opportunity to hear the voices of women like them, who are working to make a lasting difference, for individual women and their communities.

Join the conversation on Twitter (@SayNO_UNiTE and @NNEDV) starting 27 February using the hashtags #nnedv and #wcws and post your comments and questions on Facebook.

Read the full article on the Say No Unite To End Violence Against Women website.

Feb 6, 2012 is the 9th International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation to raise awareness about this practice. Female genital mutilation has been recognized as a harmful practice and serious violation of the human rights of girls and women.

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Michelle Bachelet describes plans on six UN Women priorities, one of which is  "ending violence against women and girls".

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