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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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November 5, 2014

ECPAT Luggage Tags at Germonds Presbyterian Church

by Velta Upeslacis


ECPAT TagsWhile attending the 58th Commission on the Status of Women in March 2014, I learned about various NGO's and how they are contributing to women's empowerment both nationally and worldwide.  
I recently attended a conference "Changing the Conversation"  where the Rev. Mark Koenig , director of the was a prominent speaker.  In a small group discussion,  he told us about a bright, hand-woven  luggage tag that he had which is sold by ECPAT-USA for a mere $12.  ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking) made a powerful impact on me when I learned about it at the ...

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November 4, 2014

#Orangeurhood in #16Days

From the UNiTE Say No to Violence against Women campaign:

Orange your neigbhorhood logoThe 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is just around the corner, and we have some action ideas on how to “Orange Your Neighbourhood” in 16 Days!

Download the UNiTE Campaign toolkit for the 16 Days of Activism.

#Orangeurhood in #16Days!

This year, the 16 Days of Activism and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November, occur shortly before the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which is one of the most comprehensive international agreement on women’s rights.

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September 29, 2014

Hudson River Presbytery says "children should carry toys!"

At the Hudson River Presbytery's "Changing the Conversation Conference", participants traced our hands to raise awareness and send the message that it's not okay to use children under the age of 18 for soldiers. In doing so, the participants joined other Presbyterians who support the Red Hand Campaign that calls for universal ratification and enforcement of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. Follow Presbyterian efforts to end the use of child soldiers. Like the Presbyterians Say No Child Soldiers Facebook page. Learn more about ...

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September 19, 2014

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, 21-27 September 2014

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel logoThe Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches invites member churches to participate in World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel (WWPPI) during 21-27 September 2014. This yearly event encourages and equips congregations, community groups and people of faith to worship, educate and advocate for an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine.

This year, the theme of WWPPI is “Let my people go” (Exodus 9:1). In response to the request of church leaders and laity in Palestine, the WWPPI international working group has chosen to focus attention in 2014 on the critical issue ...

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