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November 21, 2014

Orange Your Neighbourhood - End Violence against Women and Girls Now

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adapted from an email sent by UN Women's Civil Society Section.

November 25 is the International Day to End Violence against Women and the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign! As you may know, this year’s UN celebrations will take place under the theme "Orange Your Neighbourhood - End Violence against Women and Girls Now". The initiative led by the Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign focuses on local actions towards ending violence against women and girls, while using orange as the uniting colour of all advocacy efforts.

As part of  the online campaign for the ...

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March 10, 2013

What can we do?

How can we work to end violence against women and girls?

That was the question of the day at one of the adult education classes at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. Four members of the Presbyterian delegation made a panel presentation on the Commission on the Status of Women and this year's theme: the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.

Panel at Fifth AvenueEach participant shared her story reflecting on why she chose to attend the Commission and what her experiences had been. The participants also reflected on their ministries working to eliminate and prevent violence against ...

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June 25, 2012

Take Action to Protect Victims of Violence: Ask Congress to Pass an Inclusive VAWA

From our partners in the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness:

The bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill (S. 1925) protects all victims of violence -- domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This bill passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support but some of its key provisions are under threat from the companion bill passed by the House of Representatives. Urge your members of Congress today to work for a strong and inclusive VAWA.

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women and others is calling for 10 Days of Action to save the ...

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May 15, 2012

Authorize a Violence Against Women Act consistent with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) policy

From the Office of Public Witness:

Call the House to authorize a Violence Against Women Act that is consistent with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) policy:

On May 8, the House Judiciary Committee marked up and passed the Adams (R-FL) version of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization, HR 4970.  This bill fails to live up to the bipartisan Senate-passed bill (S 1925), which provides improved protections for particularly vulnerable populations.  In fact, this House bill turns back the clock on the Violence Against Women Act and is NOT a real VAWA reauthorization. 

The full House is expected to vote ...

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February 1, 2012

Support the Violence Against Women Act

From our partners at Ecumenical Advocacy Days:

While all Senators need to hear from religious advocates about our support for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), it is especially critical that people of faith from Iowa, Texas, Arizona, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Alabama call their Senators NOW as the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on VAWA at 10:00 am Thursday morning

In November, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID), introduced S. 1925 to reauthorize this critical piece of legislation for an additional five years.  It will be considered in committee on Thursday, February 2, and ...

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