UNI welcomes bold UN agreement on women’s rights

An important step to end violence against women and girls has been reached with an unprecedented agreement. Following months of lobbying and two weeks of difficult negotiations, UN member States sign off strong agreements to promote gender equality, women’s empowerment, and ensure women’s reproductive rights and access to sexual and reproductive health services. The latter [ ... ]

Human Security: The Missing Link Between Women’s Rights, Conflict, and Peace

What is human security? Over the years, the notion of security has been narrowly categorized as a comparison to our own environments. It has mistakenly been used as a defining line to separate nations, rather than as a means to collaboratively address the issue on a global platform. In the forum labeled, “Human Security: The [ ... ]

Efforts to Eliminate Sexual Violence In Kenya

Embedded within a culture of rich ancestral traditions, lies a haunting legacy that has left devastating physical and sociological effects on Kenyan girls for hundreds of years. Female genital mutilation is a custom performed when a child takes her transformation into womanhood. This ritualistic practice, symbolizing purity and abstinence, has severe consequences to thousands of [ ... ]

Kenyan women in politics

This morning I was able to attend a wonderful and insightful presentation sponsored by “The Federation on Women Leaders”. The title of the workshop was “Ending Gender-Based Violence in Kenya: Challenges and Prospects”. It was given at the Church center for the United Nations (CCUN) at 10:30 AM. The speakers were Josephine Wambua-Mong’are (Mrs.) (Council [ ... ]

Stop the tide: tackling adolescent dating violence

Today, along with My fellow CWA Volunteers, Attended the session titled: Stop the Tide, Tackling Adolescent Dating Violence. This meeting took place @ The Church Center for the United Nations, in New York City. This was a forum bringing awareness against Adolescent Dating and violence. T.I.P and TVPA The TIP( trafficking in Persons international Programs) [ ... ]

Partnering to stop trafficking in women and girls

As we browsed through the various sessions for today we came across “Partnering to Stop Trafficking in Women and Girls.” Can you imagine in this day and age we have inhumane acts being committed against humans, better yet mostly women and girls? Speakers Statement of purpose Mr. Libran N. Cabactulan the Ambassador and Permanent Representation [ ... ]

The role of the law and lawyers in eliminating violence against women

SPONSORED BY LAWYERS WITHOUT BORDERS (LWOB) We were greeted at the door with a sign-in sheet, asking for names and email addresses, and handed a small tote bag with the Lawyers Without Borders logo. Inside the tote bag were literature and some interesting items: a small key chain that appeared to be a thumb drive [ ... ]

Transforming violence against women

I had the pleasure of attending a panel discussion hosted by The Association for Trauma Outreach and Prevention at the Church Center for the United Nations. The topic was Transforming Violence Against Women: Empowering Projects in Africa, Haiti and the Middle East. It brought to light many of the struggles that women in other countries [ ... ]

Eliminating violence against women and children: what the research says

“Cohabitated or Married” “The HOME is the single most dangerous place for women” Gloria Steinem was quoted as we began our session on what the research says. Some of the points that all four panelist brought up were: • Cohabitating and child bearing before marriage set the women and children up for struggling lifestyle. • [ ... ]

Building a Movement to Prevent Violence Against women in the Horn, East and South Africa

Sponsor: Human Rights Now Speakers: GBV Prevention network and Raising Voices The GBV Prevention network marks it’s tenth anniversary this year. They were established in 2003, with thirty organizations, they have grown to 450 members in sixteen countries. Our members are involved in a wide range of individual and community level prevention programs, from offering [ ... ]