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Say NO to violence against womenMay 2, 2008
The Specific Issues Committee, Women and Poverty encourages readers to support the latest campaign from UNIFEM which calls for the world to address the issue of violence against women. The committee also provides a reminder of the importance of fair trade throughout our world.
Say NO to Violence against Women!
United Nations Development Fund for Women UNIFEM
According to UNIFEM, at least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime — with the abuser usually someone known to her. Violence against women and girls is a universal problem of pandemic proportions. Perhaps the most pervasive human rights violation that we know today, it devastates lives, fractures communities, and stalls development.
Last week, UNIFEM’s latest campaign calling for all people to raise their voices against Violence Against Women was launched by UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman.
The Specific Issues Committee, Women and Poverty encourages readers to support an ever-growing movement of people who speak out to put a halt to this shameful human rights violation. Every signature counts – YOUR signature counts! Support UNIFEM’s campaign to Say No to Violence against Women! CLICK HERE.
For further information visit Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia: Women and Poverty.
World Fair Trade Day (May 10)
The mission of IFAT – the global network of Fair Trade Organisations, is to improve the livelihoods and well being of disadvantaged producers by linking and promoting fair trade organisations and speaking out for greater justice in world trade.
Fairtrade Fortnight (May 3-17)
Oxfam – During Fairtrade fortnight, Oxfam is highlighting issues faced by small-scale farmers in developing countries who have little bargaining power in an industry dominated by a few large and powerful international coffee companies.
From: Specific Issues Committee, Women and Poverty (Sisters Leonie Crotty, Miriam Grech, Angela Reed, Anne Ryan). The Committee warmly invites your response to the article or the issue.
Contact: Carmel Heagerty RSM, Institute Justice Co-ordinator