Global VAW News

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. In some countries, up to 7 in 10 women will be beaten, raped, abused or mutilated in their lifetimes. “A promise is A Promise” is a call from the United Nations to Governments and leaders to translate international promises into concrete action in their countries.

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Between November 25th and December 10th, women's shelters and crisis centres on every continent are engaging communities as part of the vibrant annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign. The 2012 and 2013 campaign theme is: From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women! The impact of militarism on violence against women is a critical issue for many women and children who seek support at the women's centres, shelters and networks that created GNWS. The impact of the rape of women as a war tactic has far reaching consequences to communities. For example, women in Rwanda

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November 25th is the annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. A World Health Organization (2005) study estimates that at least one in every three women globally will be beaten, raped, or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Given these horrendous statistics, we ask you to take time to think about the many women and girls in your family, workplace, neighborhood, school, community, country, and across the world. Then join our Global Call for Action to

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We are pleased to announce that UN Women released a new Shelter Module in their Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence Against Women and Girls. This Shelter Module provides a wealth of ideas, frameworks, and resources that support women's shelters and safe spaces in their important work to end violence against women and girls worldwide.

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"The health status of women is linked to their fundamental freedoms and empowerment. Yet, societal and environmental factors including poverty, discrimination, and violence are undermining the advancement of women's health.  More than two-thirds of the world's refugees are women and children, and gender-based violence causes more deaths and disability among women aged 15 to 44 than cancer, malaria, and traffic accidents combined." Read more at the Huffington Post...

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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