Imagine the World Free from Gender-Based Violence!
THE WALK OF LIGHT
25 November 2009
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence in Iceland:
Commit ▪ Act ▪ Demand:
We CAN End Violence Against Women!
The Global Advocacy Campaign launched by UNIFEM November 2009:
• Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women!
• Special Message from Yoko Ono!
To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, women’s and human rights groups have organized a Walk of Light led by prominent public figures carrying torches and sparklers.
IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is an appeal for Peace – an appeal for a world without violence.
The Walk of Light will start at the National Cultural House at 19:00 and end in front of the sculpture Sungaliot facing IMAGINE PEACE TOWER.
IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will symbolically be turned off at 19:30 to bring attention to gender-based violence: this widespread – but hidden – human rights violation.
At 19:45 IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will be illuminated again to bring gender-based violence to light and at the same time to signify a ray of hope that genuine peace can be achieved for everyone.
Around the world millions of women are the victims of gender-based violence every single day.
Gender-based violence has many faces: female genital mutilation, domestic and sexual violence.
Rape is systematically used as a weapon of war.
In peacetime, gender-based violence continues to persist and as such constitutes a war against women. Thus, genuine peace cannot be achieved until violence against women and girls has been eliminated.
The light of IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is a reminder about what we can do to end violence and contribute to Genuine Peace.
As soon as IMAGINE PEACE TOWER illuminates let’s be mindful of everyone who works toward a World of Peace – a World free from Gender-Based Violence and what we, each and everyone, can do to eliminate violence against women and girls.
THE WALK OF LIGHT
November 25, 2009
Heal Earth, Heal Air, Heal Women.
It’s Time for Action.
Action is Peace.
Join us in the Walk of Light from wherever you are.
We are together.
We are one.
We have the power to stop the violence and share it’s joy with all lives on Earth.
I love you!
UNIFEM Commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. UNIFEM participates in commemorating the day with a number of activities.
UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women Announces Grantees
The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women announced the recipients of its 2009 grant awards cycle. A total of US$10.5 million was awarded to 13 initiatives in 18 countries and territories. read more »
- Webcast: Press Conference
- UN Trust Fund Grantees 2009
- About the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women
“On this 10th anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we can applaud the fact that the issue of violence against women and girls is no longer treated as simply a woman’s concern. Thanks to the persistent and dedicated efforts by women’s rights activists in all parts of the world, it is now a human rights issue, a peace and security issue, and an issue of urgent concern to both men and women.”—UNIFEM Executive Director Inés Alberdi
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“Women around the world are the very linchpin keeping families, communities, and nations together. On this International Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to women’s human rights; let us invest more resources in countering [violence against women]; and let us do all it takes to end these horrific assaults once and for all.”—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
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Commemoration Event at UN Headquarters
The United Nations is commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women with a high-level event at UN headquarters in New York. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will launch a Network of Men Leaders to end violence against women, and a roundtable discussion will tackle the challenge of involving men and boys in combatting this scourge that plagues up to 70 percent of women and girls in their lifetime. read more »
- Webcast (original languages)
- Webcast (English interpretation)
- Webcast: Statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
UNiTE Campaign Launch in Latin America
Under the slogan “Latin America: UNiTE to End Violence against Women,” the United Nations is launching UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s multiyear, global campaign to combat violence against women and girls at the regional level in Latin America. A rich programme of events will mark the launch in Guatemala City, as well as in a number of other countries in the region.
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Austrian Parliament to Sign on to Say NO–UNiTE
On December 10, International Human Rights Day, Austrian President of Parliament Barbara Prammer will ask the National Assembly to sign on to UNIFEM’s Say NO–UNiTE initiative. In her talk with UNIFEM, Prammer stresses the importance of action at the national level. read more »
- Fact Sheet: Violence against Women Worldwide
- Press Release: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Calls for Immediate Action to End Violence against Women