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November 28, 2014

Friday, November 28: Women and Armed Conflict

Invitation to Orange your neighbourhoodThe United Nations has designated November 25 as the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against WomenThe 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaignlasts from November 25 to December 10, Human Rights Day, chosen to emphasize that violence against women is a violation of human rights. The theme for this year's campaign set is "From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Gender-Based Violence!" The UNiTE Campaign and UN Women offer suggestions to mark each day of the 16 Days of Activism.

Friday, November 28: Women and Armed Conflict

Prayer for the day:

Lord, we pray for peace in a world that has so much conflict.  There are so many who are suffering in areas where there is armed conflict, and some days it seems like this violence will never end.  We pray for women who are victims of violence, especially during armed conflict.  We pray for our military and for all militaries around the world, that they help to protect women from violence, instead of causing this violence.  Your guidance is what we need during these times of trouble and suffering, Oh God.  Please protect and be with all those who are suffering from violence.  Amen.  

Richard Aylor, intern from Princeton Theological Seminary

Categories: Human Rights, Human Rights Day, Justice, Women

Tags: #16days, #orangeurhood, 16 days of activism, eliminate violence against women, interns, richard aylor


November 27, 2014

Thursday, November 27: Women and Poverty 


The United Nations has designated November 25 as the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against WomenThe 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaignlasts from November 25 to December 10, Human Rights Day, chosen to emphasize that violence against women is a violation of human rights. The theme for this year's campaign set is "From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Gender-Based Violence!" The UNiTE Campaign and UN Women offer suggestions to mark each day of the 16 Days of Activism.

Thursday, November 27: Women and Poverty 


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November 26, 2014

Covenant, community, and collaboration

by Jamie Tan

On November 25, 2014, Richard Aylor, Alison Fraser, and I attended UNiTE’s “Official Commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women,” moderated by Amna Nawaz, NBC News.  This was a spectacular, Orange-themed event opened by the UN Secretary General himself, Ban Ki-Moon, featuring speakers such as Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. 

Most significant for me, however, was a testimony from actress Teri Hatcher, star of the popular ABC drama Desperate Housewives.  Ms. Hatcher was moved to tears before the ...

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November 26, 2014

Wednesday, November 26: Education and Training of Women

The United Nations has designated November 25 as the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against WomenThe 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaignlasts from November 25 to December 10, Human Rights Day, chosen to emphasize that violence against women is a violation of human rights. The theme for this year's campaign set is "From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Gender-Based Violence!" The UNiTE Campaign and UN Women offer suggestions to mark each day of the 16 Days of Activism.

Wednesday, November 26: Education and Training of ...

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November 25, 2014

Tuesday, November 25: March to Orange your neighbourhood


The United Nations has designated November 25 as the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaignlasts from November 25 to December 10, Human Rights Day, chosen to emphasize that violence against women is a violation of human rights. The theme for this year's campaign set is "From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Gender-Based Violence!" The UNiTE Campaign and UN Women offer suggestions to mark each day of the 16 Days of Activism.

Tuesday, November 25: March to Orange your ...

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