Your Calls to End Violence Against Women Reached the United Nations
“If women roar together, we will be heard.” -Mukut Ray, Ending Violence Against Women campaign participant
Over the last several months, more than 150 courageous World Pulse members from 38 countries roared together for the end to violence against women during our digital action campaign. In March, that roar echoed through the halls of the UN at the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), where world governments, UN bodies, and NGOs came together to make global commitments on women’s rights.
If World Pulse had our way, every woman and man who spoke up during the campaign would have the opportunity to attend CSW in person at UN headquarters in New York to address world leaders directly, to represent their stories and solutions in their own voice, and hold their governments accountable. While that wasn’t possible, we delivered your testimonies to our advocacy partners to guide their participation at CSW, and hopefully achieve the same ends. Additionally World Pulse correspondent Chi Yvonne Leina attended the session with a press pass, spoke on several panels, and brilliantly represented the voices of our community at CSW.
“Grassroots women from all corners of the world were present, pouring out their hearts and discussing solutions. It felt like World Pulse had been taken off the internet to real life!” Read more of Leina’s reflections on her experience here.
Leina brought the World Pulse conversation to offline audiences, and also brought these audiences online to World Pulse. She handed out materials throughout the CSW that summarized the campaign and included a QR code that gave smartphone users instant access to the campaign stories.
Unlike at last year’s CSW session, negotiations this year ended with an official agreement, despite attempts by some countries to backslide on protections on women’s rights. This is a positive step, but the work clearly isn’t over. The UN and world governments urgently need the voices of women on the ground lighting the fire under them and leading the way with grassroots solutions. Thank you to all of you who have spoken out and continue to speak out on World Pulse for the end to violence against women. Your voices are making a difference.
If you participated in the Ending Violence Against Women Digital Action Campaign, please fill out a short survey on your experience here.