It’s fitting that today’s International Women’s Day’s theme is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women” as over 6,000 members of civil society are gathered in New York for the 57th Session of the Commission for the Status of Women (CSW57) to focus on the elimination and prevention of violence against women.  This is the largest ever meeting to address violence against women.  The AWAVA delegation are actively engaging and participating.  Follow the AWAVA delegation on Twitter by following #CSW57 #AWAVAWomen or keep up-to-date with our Facebook posts and website blogs.  If you haven’t already seen and ‘liked’ our Facebook page please do, and help us establish a Facebook following.

AWAVA joined the global effort today to push to get #endvaw trending on Twitter to get people to start discussing what is undeniably a global pandemicThe international community has been working hard this week to end violence against women, with activism and lobbying at CSW57 and #CSW57 trending on Twitter and offensive T-shirts promoting violence against women being removed from Amazon’s wesbite. 

Chair of AWAVA Julie Oberin’s International Women’s Day message: “We need to keep our promise to women and children who are victims or survivors of any form of violence against women, to end that violence.  Globally, nationally, locally we must take responsibility, each and every one us, and commit to speaking out against violence and changing attitudes and behaviour that allow it to continue unabated.  The levels of violence are unacceptable, we are facing a global pandemic, we must act now.” Julie Oberin, Chair of AWAVA

Read more in AWAVA’s International Women’s Day 2013 Media Release

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