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We humans need desperately a culture shift

Dear Michelle,

I'm approaching my fifty year of life, and as most people in this planet I witnessed many types of abuse perpetrated against women just because they are women, or because as individuals they were weak and undefended.

The fact "anyone has witnessed" means that, statistically, the problem is so widespread that someone is tempted to consider it "built into" our society. But, it isn't. Unlike many other life forms, we human beings can choose for good purposefully.

We can be just. Therefore, we are never "innocent", as a male lion is when killing newborns he did not generate. As non-innocent, no one of us human can honestly claim things are as they are just because of some preordained biological, or historical, or religious necessity.

I has been so lucky, in this overall suffering world, to have enjoyed a relatively safe life. Yet in my life I've knew of two cases of young girls almost raped in my entourage (in both cases by people in their group of acquaintances). The number of less dramatic abuses I've personally witnessed (and sometimes suffered) are countless, so many it is not possible to list them in a letter).

Hypersensitivity? Many people would object just that, but I don't agree.

I add one thing: all these abuses, minor and major, were made by people who felt legitimated doing so. Beating, hurting or killing someone for robbery is universally considered unacceptable. But if the same is done to satisfy sexual lust, then it seems less important, and a legion of friends would even attempt to justify the perpetrators.

We have to find a culture, a framework within which violence against women is never acceptable.

In the beginning, laws protecting women against abuse are necessary.
I think this, in the long term, is not enough however.

Best regards, and thank you and your organization for your foundamental work.

Mauri Favaron

Writing from Lomagna, Italy.

As the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women officially begins its work this month, World Pulse is asking women worldwide: What is YOUR vision and recommendation for UN Women? We invite you to raise your voice by writing a letter to UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet outlining your recommendation for how this new UN agency can truly affect change on the ground to promote gender equality and uphold the rights and needs of women both on a local and global scale.
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jap21's picture

Hi Mauri

My sweet friend, I longed so much for reading some entries of yours!

I could not agree most. The culture shift will only happen if we all foster it with our wings and give it life with our breaths. Together is the only way to go.

Thanks for showing this unity, and for reminding us of the need to change.



Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America

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Jackie, you're always a warm light!


I only regret having very little time, in these days.
I'd like to say, and read, and listen, so many things.

Our little part of world is shaking, meanwhile. As in Tunis! On a smaller scale in Italy, too.

As things evolve, I'm more and more convinced that something like a traditional revolution will hardly solve our global problems. It will just make them worse, and validate the warrior-like people whose behavior seems to me at the very roots of what happens.

And, thank you, my dear friend. Your warm words are always supportive and, I say, welcome.

Dear sister, are you already working on the Book? Guess it's becoming day after day important!



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UN Women

Dearest Mauri,

Thank you for participating in this campaign, by using your voice and speaking out for women who have been abused, and calling for an end to violence against women as a priority for the new UN Women agency.

In two weeks, we will compile your letters and share your voices with the GEAR Campaign, who have been working closely with UN Women to ensure the inclusion of civil society groups, and through the PulseWire community, grassroots women leaders, as they set their agenda. We will also be sending your letters directly to Michele Bachelet and other senior leaders of the newly formed UN agency, to demonstrate the effectiveness for sourcing opinion, knowledge and needs from the global grassroots women's movement through our online community. Through this, we hope to open a portal for our community to have a direct line of influence within the UN Women agency.

I will keep you updated on the progress of our campaign!

In friendship and solidarity,

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Dear sister, my only regret

Dear sister, my only regret is having so little time.

As I see the World degrading, I'm worrying any action we may devise will not be enough. Yet, it's important at least to try.

As time passes I get convinced that grassroots movement of people of good will are the only viable way towards a world worth living in. Maybe my view is skewed because of where I live (the economical crisis has reached North Africa, and consequences begin to be not only "visible" (they were already, but few people wanted to watch and understand); in Italy, too, we are beginning to realize things will not be as they were, with lot of politicians insisting in doing nothing visibly useful while workers lose their rights and income, and few people become more and more rich.

The initiative of UN Women is important. I'll try to make it a bit more known than it is here. Maybe, some more of us might support and - I hope - copy.



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