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Letter to UN Women - my vision and recommendation

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The Honorable
MICHELLE BACHELET
Executive Director, United Nations Women
United Nations Organization

Dear Ms. Bachelet,

Warm greetings of peace, joy and prosperity!

First of all, congratulations! Please allow me to take this chance to express my gratitude and happiness that, at last, we women found our very valuable representation in the world’s largest and immensely influential organization, the United Nations. This is such a gargantuan breakthrough for us, and no doubt, will bring us women closer to where we are supposed to be and what we wish to become as global citizens.

At this point the biggest global hurdle for us women is the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA), which, in our initial triumph, was approved by the US Foreign Relations Committee last December 15, 2010. The next step, according to World Pulse Online Community Manager Jade Frank, is to get the bill passed by the US Senate and House.

It is my greatest hope and vision that the IVAWA will get through to its ultimate implementation. IVAWA will be our lighthouse and fortress as we pursue and uphold the highest ideals of womanhood all across the globe. Even now, as of now, and until now, it is unfortunate that despite increasing awareness, motivation, and action to protect women, many times we are rendered helpless and hopeless in the myriad forces and cases of violence against women. Just this week, the Philippines was painfully shocked to welcome back almost a hundred Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from the Middle East, most of them working as domestic helpers, repatriated due to unspeakable forms of abuse and maltreatment. This is the lingering and dismal reality that our OFWs have been dealing with for so long. We know this has got to stop, but how? The only possible way I could see for now is the IVAWA. With the venue, the chance and the power vested on us women on your installation and representation as the highest authority for women in the most prestigious United Nations Organization, we are correctly certain we can make this world a better and safer place for women, today and in the generations to come.

In the light of the foregoing premises, I sincerely appeal for your honorable representation to strongly lobby for the International Violence Against Women Act. I honestly believe that the IVAWA will set the trend to our noble pursuits and pave the way for us to conquer bigger challenges as we journey towards well-being and empowerment of women, and thus effect the positive changes we want to see in the world.

In utmost trust and respect,

EMILIA O. ZOZOBRADO
Quezon City, Metropolitan Manila
Philippines

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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.
Learn more: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/programs/international-violence-agai...

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Sarvina's picture

Dear sister Emie, Thanks so

Dear sister Emie,

Thanks so much for sharing such a strong voice to us! Your letter will be reached to Executive Director Michelle Bachelet and your voice will be shared through the world to protest women in your country. I do believe in you sister, you are a brave lady whom I have ever known. I love reading your letter!

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Thank you, Sarvina!

Sister, your letter dealt with a very important issue, too - an issue that is common in many countries, including mine, sex trafficking. I suggest you share your letter at Facebook, too, so that many will be aware of it. We have got to spread the word to get much support from as many human beings as we can! Just open your letter and press the "share this story" below your profile photo at WP and choose Facebook, or whatever else website you are registered in. Scott calls it "cross-posting" ... All the best...

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Thank you, Sarvina!

Sister, your letter dealt with a very important issue, too - an issue that is common in many countries, including mine, sex trafficking. I suggest you share your letter at Facebook, too, so that many will be aware of it. We have got to spread the word to get much support from as many human beings as we can! Just open your letter and press the "share this story" below your profile photo at WP and choose Facebook, or whatever else website you are registered in. Scott calls it "cross-posting" ... All the best...

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Sarvina's picture

Thanks so much! I know that

Thanks so much! I know that you always encourage me. yes I am stronger just because of your encouragement also. Sister I have already shared it at FB and It's a good thing that we can spread out more.

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Yeah right!

That's what our voice is for, sister! We share, we shout in chorus ... we are one! All the best...

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

jadefrank's picture

Ending Violence Against Women

Dearest Emie,

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. As you mentioned in your letter, we were victorious in getting IVAWA passed through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which was a major step for driving such an act forward. But our work is not over.

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,
Jade

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Thanks a lot, Jade!

Jade, it's a great honor and privilege to speak my heart out in the amazing chorus with women around the world who mean to break barriers, build bridges, reach out to greater heights and leave no stone unturned in our journey to where we should be and what we want to be. I am right here where I belong ... and it feels great to be able to do my share! It's a long and arduous journey ... but we will be victorious because we are undaunted and unrelenting in our steadfast commitment and solidarity .... All the best ....

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Ruth Beedle's picture

Your Voice....

Emie....

You write with such power and conviction and I feel a groundswell of support, empathy and will to succeed that will go along with it. I love you and your powerful, feminine voice. Not only is it a Voice of the Future, but it is a voice for now. I am so glad to be a part of your world and learning from YOU!

All my respect and encouragement and support.

Ruth

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Thank you, Ruth!

Ruth, my power and conviction are grounded in the support of the whole community. Without WP, I could not have gathered this much courage to speak out my truth! Backed up by such a strong and loving global family of amazing sisters, who could say no to the promptings of a voice long unheard. Now I found my own voice echoing with the rest! Thanks again and again....

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Ruun Abdi's picture

Dearest Emie, Thanks for

Dearest Emie,

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful letter. It's always pleasure reading your posts.

All our voices combined am sure change will take place even if it takes sometime.

Warmest regards,
RA

Emie Zozobrado's picture

My pleasure, of course!

Thanks a lot, Ruun. I know you are always there ... that's where I draw my courage to care and to share .... All the best...

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

One of Many's picture

Articulate and to the point

Hi, Emie:

You have chosen an excellent point to make, Emie! IVAWA is a critical foundation piece for the advancement of human rights and a peaceful society.

Violence against women may be perpetrated against women (and children), but it ends up being violence against every part of society, since the repercussions are so vast and deep.

Thank you for focusing your advice on this critical topic. Again, you are using a stronger voice that comes from deep within.

Best always,

Anna

Speaking my Peace

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Oh my, wow!!!!

Anna! What a great treat from my very own midwife! Thanks a million for the praise and the faith! IVAWA means so much to us, Filipinos! We have suffered a great deal with the plight of our OFWs, largely women, who have consistently been exposed to abuse, violence and maltreatment, since most of them are working in households as nannies, caregivers and domestic helpers. The Philippine government is somehow helpless, unable to prevent and stop it, because trans-national interests and inter-state relationships are at stake. Again, thanks so much for the unrelenting support and understanding....

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Oh my, wow!!!!

Anna! What a great treat from my very own midwife! Thanks a million for the praise and the faith! IVAWA means so much to us, Filipinos! We have suffered a great deal with the plight of our OFWs, largely women, who have consistently been exposed to abuse, violence and maltreatment, since most of them are working in households as nannies, caregivers and domestic helpers. The Philippine government is somehow helpless, unable to prevent and stop it, because trans-national interests and inter-state relationships are at stake. Again, thanks so much for the unrelenting support and understanding....

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

usha kc's picture

Dear Emie, The voice you

Dear Emie,
The voice you raised is really very strong and recomandable. We women most make our voice so strong and united. No doubt WP has been playing very praise worthy role for it.
keep writting.

usha kc's picture

Dear Emie, The voice you

Dear Emie,
The voice you raised is really very strong and recomandable. We women most make our voice so strong and united. No doubt WP has been playing very praise worthy role for it.
keep writting.

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Thanks, Usha!

That's right, sister! That's what we are here for - to raise our voices and be one. I'm really very thankful I stumbled over World Pulse and found all the amazing sisters all across the globe. All the best ....

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

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