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...]

Nirbhayas transforming through Grassroots (“the brave hearts”)

'We', the Nirbhayas will rise from Grassroots!   Violence Against Women has made news headlines for years now. BOLLYWOOD TWEETS Thousands of women are being brutally beaten, assaulted, harassed, mutilated, raped and molested even murdered worldwide. In general there has been a phenomenal increase in crime against women. Every year several Nirbhayas, “the brave hearts” bravely undergo ordeals of most heinous crimes against humankind before succumbing to their injuries. Another … [Read more...]

“Development Advocate” is out, 12 compelling stories

MEMBER OF A LOCAL WOMEN’S COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION IN PAKISTAN, ONE OF MORE THAN 1,000 SUCH ORGANIZATIONS AIDED BY UNDP’S REFUGEE AFFECTED AND HOSTING AREAS PROGRAMME “As in last year’s issue, these stories highlight UNDP’s critical work on poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, and the environment and sustainable development,” said UNDP head Helen Clark in a letter to readers. “They remind us that people are and always will be the centre of UNDP’s work.” … [Read more...]

Afghan Embassy Hosts Book Launch, Mrs. Caroline Firestone

  Afghan Embassy Hosts Book Launch   The Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C. hosted a book launch party to celebrate Mrs. Caroline Firestone’s latest book, Afghans and Americans United. This is Mrs. Firestone’s third book on Afghanistan. Afghans and Americans United profiles various American diplomats, business leaders, and non-profit organizations that are dedicated to improving the lives of Afghans, as well as important female Afghan leaders who are making a … [Read more...]

International Women of Worth, Catherine Anne Clark and Ayi Jihu

International Women of Worth Looking at Chinese star Ayi Jihu and A Celebration of Women Founder Catherine Anne Clark together does not automatically throw up ‘Kindred spirit’ However in truth both these women have very much in common. Ayi Jihu has fought against her fears, tradition, culture and even her own people to establish herself independently as China’s first true crossover musical and popular icon. She has done what many have tried before and failed to achieve and she has … [Read more...]

Afghan Prosecutor presented Women of Courage Award – Celebrate!

    Afghan Prosecutor Presented Women of Courage Award   In a ceremony at the State Department on March 8, First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues presented the International Women of Courage Awards to Afghan Prosecutor Ms. Maria Bashir and nine other strong women around the world who fight and sacrifice so that future generations may benefit from human rights, protections, access to justice and democracy. … [Read more...]

'City of Joy' assists and empowers survivors of sexual violence in DR Congo

   UNICEF: 'City of Joy' assists and empowers survivors of sexual violence in DR Congo   By Cornelia Walther   BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 9 February 2011 – Under a blue sky, the air is filled with women’s laughter and songs. It is the perfect setting for the opening of ‘City of Joy,’ a joint project of UNICEF and the non-governmental organization V-Day, providing a safe haven for survivors of sexual violence.        City of Joy will serve 180 women between the ages of 14 and … [Read more...]

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