UN Secretary General's Campaign Being Launched from Guatemala
Posted on: Thursday, November 5, 2009
November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. In awareness of this day and the ongoing violence that women face in their homes and communities, the UN launched a campaign calling on governments, civil society, organizations and the entire UN system to join forces in order to address the global pandemic of violence against women and girls: UNiTE to End Violence Against Women.
This year, there will be an emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean, with Guatemala acting as the focal point due to a recent escalation of violence against women and femicide in the country.
MADRE joins the UN, other women's organizations and progressives around the world in demanding the creation and enforcement of laws protecting women from violence and legal recourse for women who have been abused.
MADRE stands with the women of Guatemala, as well as with women and men from around the world who face gender-related violence.
Join MADRE in sending a statement of solidarity to the women of Guatemala.
You can participate by:
- sending emails of solidarity with the Guatemalan women;
- listening to the webcasts during the Launch between November 24 -30th;
- organizing activities of your own or connecting the ones you are already organizing to this campaign.
From Feminist International Radio Endeavor (RIF/FIRE):
Special Announcement for the Actions of November 23-30, 2009
This year in Guatemala, on November 25th, the United Nations will launch Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's campaign “uniting to put an end to violence against women” for the region of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Guatemala has been chosen as the focal point of this effort because of the escalation of violence against women in the country, a level of violence which has yet to be fully recognized by the international community.
The Secretary General's campaign was founded last year as a call to all social sectors, the media, and the UN system to work towards the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. The campaign will last until 2015, and has enumerated five major objectives, including the launch of regional and national campaigns, and social mobilization for the promotion of civil society participation in the prevention of violence and the effective support of women and girl survivors. The campaign includes actions to prevent and sanction sexual violence in conflict areas, and to promote a politics of peace and security, with sufficient financial commitment and the implementation of mechanisms to protect and prevent systemic violations of human rights.
To this effect, the study finds that:
A particularly problematic challenge is the elimination of discriminatory sociocultural attitudes and economic inequalities that reinforce women’s subordinate place in society. Male violence against women is generated by sociocultural attitudes and cultures of violence in all parts of the world, and especially by norms about the control of female reproduction and sexuality (see sect. III). Furthermore, violence against women intersects with other factors, such as race and class, and with other forms of violence, including ethnic conflict (F 57, p 23).
Translated by Hannah Powell Losada
More information is available online at www.finalaviolencia.radiofeminista.org
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