Ending the Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada‏

I am thrilled to be the new President and CEO of the Canadian Women's Foundation. Since starting this position last month, I have traveled across the country meeting with our amazing board, donors, staff, grantees and volunteers. It is clear to me why the Foundation has succeeded all these years - through your endless support. I am moved by your enthusiasm and dedication, which has fueled my passion and commitment to helping Canadian women and girls. People are very excited about … [Read more...]

A VOICE for a 12 Year Old MURDER VICTIM, Jo Dibblee

A VOICE FOR A 12 YEAR OLD MURDER VICTIM AND VINDICATION FOR ALL SURVIVORS OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT   Toronto, ON. – After thirty-five years in hiding, Jo-Ann Vacing-Dibblee is coming forward to tell her story in the riveting book, “Frock Off: Living Undisguised”. Sexually assaulted and stalked by a foster parent, Vacing-Dibblee was contacted by the RCMP investigating the murder of a young girl they felt was connected to her case. When they were unable to bring the man to justice, … [Read more...]

Forced to marry her rapist — days until the big vote‏

16 year-old Amina Filali, raped, beaten and forced to wed her rapist, killed herself — the only way she saw to escape the trap set for her by her rapist and Moroccan law. We’ve joined Moroccan activists, campaigning for years to repeal this provision, and now victory is within reach. This week, one last vote could make it happen. Article 475 in Morocco’s penal code allows a rapist to avoid prosecution and a long prison sentence by marrying his victim if she is a minor. It’s any rape … [Read more...]

Somalia: Don’t Jail Women for Getting Raped

Somalia's treatment of rape is unacceptable and must be changed. Sign the petition and urge the Somali government to pursue true justice-no matter who the accusers or the accused are. Target: President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Goal: Stop the imprisonment of rape survivors and the journalists who report their stories in Somalia Rape is a touchy subject all over the world, and rape victims are unfortunately often subject to suspicion, skepticism, and blame. Somalia, however, has … [Read more...]

Moroccan Laws Requiring Women To Marry Their Rapists

End Moroccan Laws Requiring Women To Marry Their Rapists Target: King Mohammed VI Goal: Remove laws requiring victims of sexual abuse to marry their attackers from Moroccan law. In Morrocco, laws force women and young girls to marry their rapists. Despite promises from the Morroccan government to overturn this law, it still remains on the books and rape victims continue to be terrorized by their rapists. A number of survivors of sexual violence have committed suicide in recent months when … [Read more...]

‘A silent majority of men disapproves of violence’, Radwan Chowdhury

“What are Ordinary Men Willing to Do to End Violence Against Women & Girls?”   Most men do not use violence against women, and most believe such violence to be unacceptable. A silent majority of men disapproves of violence, but does little to prevent it. Of most concern, significant numbers of men excuse or justify violence against women. The silence, and encouragement, of male bystanders allows men’s violence against women to continue. Violence against women and girls is a … [Read more...]

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women The United Nations' (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is an occasion for governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to raise public awareness of violence against women. It has been observed on November 25 each year since 2000. 2013 was a critical year ... and milestones were made! Reathorizing VAWA a Daunting Task The Violence … [Read more...]

Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Take Action!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month will continue this year as part of the Domestic Violence Awareness Project. The observed month has been running since 1995 when several organizations including the Family Violence Prevention Fund and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence united to tackle the problem. Why is Domestic Violence Awareness Month so important? AM I BEING ABUSED? Does your partner: embarrasses the other person with put-downs looks or acts in ways that are … [Read more...]

UNICEF and MONUSCO Taking Action against Rape in the Congo!

Senior UN officials condemn recent rapes of young girls in eastern DR Congo June 2013 – Two senior United Nations officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have condemned the recent cases of rape of young girls in the eastern province of South Kivu as “unacceptable” and called for an end to such abuse. Over the past two months, nine young girls aged between 18 months and 12 years old have been admitted to Panzi Hospital in South Kivu with marks of violence on their bodies … [Read more...]

UN peacekeeping, Women on the front lines to End Violence Against Women

March 2013 – “I know what it means to lose your house, to be looted. To look a child in the eye and say, 'If they come for me, you need to run'," said the newly appointed United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. "I know what it means to give testimony and to investigate the documents.” These words came from Zainab Hawa Bangura, former health minister of Sierra Leone and a survivor of that country’s civil war, who has just completed six months in office and is … [Read more...]

Jamaica is Taking Action to stop Human Trafficking!

Jamaica reiterates its fight against human trafficking   The Government of Jamaica accords the highest level of political commitment to the fight against human trafficking and unequivocally denounces the scourge of Trafficking in Persons. Ms. Crystall Powell-Britton told the High-level meeting on the Appraisal of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons that Jamaica reaffirms its determination to prevent and combat trafficking in persons, protect and assist victims, … [Read more...]

Barbados Trafficking in persons – a heinous crime: Take Action!

Given its transnational nature, combating the scourge of human trafficking required utmost international cooperation and coordination, several speakers said in the General Assembly during its high-level meeting on the appraisal of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Delegates said that strengthening national legal and institutional frameworks called for the universal ratification and implementation of international instruments, including the United Nations Convention … [Read more...]

Safe Cities program implemented in New Delhi, India

Better lighting, wider pavements: steps towards preventing sexual violence in New Delhi A young woman from Bilaspur camp, in the Molarband area of south Delhi, says she never goes to the community toilets alone. “Near the community toilet complex we have a banyan tree where boys are always standing. They harass every girl who goes to the toilet. I never go to the toilet alone, especially when it is dark,” she said, echoing the 24 other women who took part in a focus group discussion last … [Read more...]

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