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October 24, 2013

Orange Day: October 25 - safe public spaces for women and girls

Reposted from the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign

In July last year the Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign proclaimed every 25th of the month as Orange Day. Initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign Global Youth Network, worldwide activities implemented on this day by UN country offices and civil society organizations strive to highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year, on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), but every month.

Under the heading ‘Safe Spaces for Women and Girls ...

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September 24, 2013

Orange Day: September 25 - Safe Schools for Girls

From the Say No UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign

Say No UNiTE logoIn July last year the Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign proclaimed every 25th of the month as Orange Day. Initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign Global Youth Network, worldwide activities implemented on this day by UN country offices and civil society organizations strive to highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year, on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), but every month.

Under the heading ‘Safe spaces for women and ...

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August 10, 2013

Come on in, the water is fine

CongoSwim logoHow will you participate in the CongoSwim on August 25?

Organized by the Congo Team of the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church in California, CongoSwim provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, particularly in terms of sexual violence against women and girls. August 25 is an Orange Day – a day to witness and work for an end to violence against women and girls. CongoSwim participants are encouraged to raise funds for the Congolese grassroots groups receiving grants from Global Fund for Women and Friends of the Congo.  A portion of the funds raised ...

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July 2, 2013

Get in the swim

CongoSwim logoHelp address sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo!

Sign up now to participate in CongoSwim on August 25. Organized by the Congo Team of the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church in California, CongoSwim provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, particularly in terms of sexual violence against women and girls. August 25 is an Orange Day – a day to witness and work for an end to violence against women and girls. CongoSwim participants are encouraged to raise funds for Congolese grassroots groups receiving grants from Global Fund for Women and Friends ...

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June 2, 2013

Breaking the Silence on Violence against Indigenous Girls, Adolescents and Young Women

by Marissa Costello

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues logoBased on available country data, Say No UNiTE reports that, “up to 70 per cent of women experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime – the majority by husbands, intimate partners or someone they know.”

I was surprised to hear there is such violence against indigenous girls, adolescents and young women as well because different indigenous peoples speaking as a previous side event at the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues called Indigenous Peoples and Freedom of Religion stated that women in particular were valued in their culture. I assumed somehow that indigenous women were more ...

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March 4, 2013

The 57th Commission on the Status of Women begins!

Evelyn and Elisa at the Opening Session

This morning at 10:00 am, the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women began. Presbyterian delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women members Evelyn Pugh and Elisa Boles were there for the opening ceremonies! Meagan Manas was also present - she took the photo. Other members of the delegation followed the ceremonies online.

Pray for the members of the Commission and those who gather to advocate for an end to violence against women and girls.

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March 3, 2013

A march to remember

In a broken and fearful world
the Spirit gives us courage
to pray without ceasing,
to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior,
to unmask idolatries in Church and culture,
to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,
and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.

March

Participants in March 3 Ecumenical Women's orientation for the 57th Commission on the Status of Women remembered our sisters whose voices are and have been silenced.

In worship, we remembered.

In prayer, we remembered.

In art, we remembered ...

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