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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 25 November

By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designated to raise public awareness of the problem on that day. Women's activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

On 20 December 1993 the General Assembly adopted Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (A/RES/48/104).

more info:http://www.un.org/Depts/dhl/violence/

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This is also the 1st day of the16 Days of Activism Campaign, which ends with International Human Rights Day on December 10 - to link violence against women as a human rights violation.

What do you do in Cameroon to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women?

In Australia, there is usually a rally with speeches and music in the major cities, and a lot of letter writing campaigns and petitions. The aim is to make people more aware that violence against women is a serious problem and a lot more common than people think - especially domestic violence, which is well hidden - and to urge the government act against such violence.

Katie

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many thanks for your quick remark

hello!

here in Cameroon, we also expresses our opinion through those many ways you named, but my concern is not our mode of expression but whether what ever demonstration we exhibit truly comes from our heart.
i won't hide it from you my dear friend, on the contrary, some people (women) uses these days as a day for enjoyable celebration and that's all their interest.
what a shame! while some women are advocating for the elimination of all forms of discriminating act against women, some same women are perpetuating violence on their fellow dear peers.
but that won't slow our spirit, we will continue to advocate for the gender equality as an efficient tool in peace building...and those who are not assisting will be put to shame.

awaiting to hear more updates from you in Australia.
will always feed you our latest movement

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

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Jamaica is in.

Thank you for this notice, I can tell you that on the north coast of Jamaica something will be happening :)

I will post about it to let you know what we do.

Again, thank you.

Love,
Sharese

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hi Sharese

hi!
i am happy to read your comment and glad Jamaica is in----
yeah! we the girls in Cameroon are also moving in...

awaiting to hear your latest update.
my pleasure

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

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my pleasure!

i will be happy to hear from you.
presently i am carry out a sensitization program on encouraging and empowering the young girls to be fully involve in advocating for sustainable peace and security as well as youth poverty alleviation by becoming self reliance.
i feel that the girls are excluded from the gender mainstream, of which it is essential for girls to take part since they will tomorrow become the women...following an oral chat with some; they make me to understand that the reason they might not be proactively involve is because they are shy and scare to talk in the present of elderly women...well! that is just one of the many reasons and hopefully, our club of young girls will expose the girls to voice out their silence and contribute too in the struggle for gender equality as well as the elimination of all acts of violence against girls/women.
many thanks for your contribution

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

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The 16 Days of Activism

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.

Nov 25th to Dec 10th.
2009 Campaign Theme:
Commit. Act. Demand. We CAN!

Participants chose the dates, November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women and December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights.
This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.

The 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by:

* raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels.

* strengthening local work around violence against women

* establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women

* providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies

* demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against violence against women

* creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women

2009 16 DAYS TAKE ACTION KIT - click here for your free kit

Centre for Women's Global Leadership -
Open to Ideas:
Submit your materials!
Participants in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign have been instrumental in bringing issues of violence against women to the forefront in local, national, regional and global arenas.
The strategies employed by groups and the activities organized during the 16 Days Campaign period continue to be unique and innovative.

The Center for Women's Global Leadership asks that all participants of the 16 Days Campaign - past as well as present participants - send documentation of their events i.e. posters, pictures, t-shirts, video footage, poems, songs, statements, reports, etc. to CWGL.

If you have photographs, documents, or other examples of your work that you can send in an electronic version, they will post it on their website.

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

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