Guns make gender-based violence deadly.

Twelfth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo by by ZhengZhou of the sculpture "Non-Violence" by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, in front of UN headquarters at New York City. December 6, 1989 was the Montreal massacre - a mass shooting at the École Polytechnique  specifically targeting feminists. Since then, December 6 has become a … Continue reading Guns make gender-based violence deadly.

International Volunteer Day

December 5 is International Volunteer Day (IVD). In 2018, the theme for this day is “Volunteers build Resilient Communities,” recognizing volunteers worldwide – with a special focus on local community volunteers – who contribute to making their communities more resilient against natural disasters, economic stresses and political shocks. Women represent 57% of volunteers globally so this … Continue reading International Volunteer Day

The Pill vs Gender-based Violence

Tenth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo: iStock.com/araoraor December 4 - On this day in 1961, Britain’s National Health Service first made oral contraception available. Despite opposition from the Catholic Church and some other religious groups, a 2012 study by the Guttmacher Institute found that 99% of all women … Continue reading The Pill vs Gender-based Violence

Halting Sexual Abuse of People with Disabilities

Ninth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo: The Hunger Project-Bangladesh December 3 is the International Day for People with Disabilities. According to the Minnesota website DisabilityJustice.org, “People with disabilities are sexually assaulted at nearly three times the rate of people without disabilities.” The site reports that 83% of women … Continue reading Halting Sexual Abuse of People with Disabilities

Community Action to End Modern Slavery

Part 8 for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo: iStock.com/Favor of God December 2, 2018 is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. Modern-day slavery is appallingly widespread. According to the UN more than 40 million people are in forced labor, including 4.8 million in forced sexual exploitation. Women and girls are … Continue reading Community Action to End Modern Slavery

Women on the Front Lines of Peace and Security

Sixth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo: UN Peace Keeping. Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh, leader of the Dahomey women's regiment, drawn by Frederick Forbes, 1851 - Public Domain. Today, November 30, is Benin National Day. What does that have to do with Women, Peace and Security? Well - Benin’s history features the … Continue reading Women on the Front Lines of Peace and Security

Women Human Rights Defenders

Fifth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence I am always deeply inspired by each of the heroic women and men who have served as United Nations High Commissioners for Human Rights. The High Commissioner’s “To Do” list is horrific, dealing personally and skillfully with one brutal situation after another. (Many … Continue reading Women Human Rights Defenders

Denying Health Care is Violence

Third in a series for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. Photo: The Hunger Project - women's march at the Bissiga epicenter. There is a heartbreaking scene in Christy Turlington’s documentary No Woman, No Cry (2010) as a rural woman walks 12 miles to a birthing center, and is then turned away because she … Continue reading Denying Health Care is Violence