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Notes to broadcasters: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

“All forms of violence against women must stop – from the use of rape as a weapon of war to the use of violence by a husband to terrorize his wife within her own home.” UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro

Since 1981, women’s activists have marked November 25 as a day against violence. This date marks the brutal assassination in 1960 of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic. The Day was officially recognized by the UN in 1999.

For more information and resources on the Day, please visit the UN website: http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/

Say NO: UNiTE to end violence against women invites you to join the UNiTE campaign and “Orange the World” during 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence from November 25 to December 10. For more information, contact Anna Alaszewski at the UNiTE campaign global secretariat (anna.alaszewski@unwomen.org) or visit their website at: http://saynotoviolence.org/join-say-no/orange-world-16-days

Farm Radio Weekly published Notes to broadcasters on breast ironing and female genital mutilation in issue #268. You can access it through this link: http://weekly.farmradio.org/2013/11/18/notes-to-broadcasters-breast-ironing-and-female-genital-mutilation/. Other related FRW Notes include Notes to broadcasters on domestic abuse in Africa (FRW #208, July 2012 http://weekly.farmradio.org/2012/07/16/notes-to-broadcasters-on-domestic-abuse-in-africa/), and Notes to broadcasters on women farmers affected by sexual violence (FRW #57, March 2009 http://weekly.farmradio.org/2009/03/02/notes-to-broadcasters-on-women-farmers-affected-by-sexual-violence/).

Sadly, there are far too many articles on the internet on gender-based violence for us to bring them all to you. Here is a sample:

The story on which one of this week’s stories was based, The uphill task to eliminate violence against women in Mozambique and Southern Africa, can be read in full here: http://reliefweb.int/report/mozambique/uphill-task-eliminate-violence-against-women-mozambique-and-southern-africa#sthash.4ryxK7sb.dpuf

More information is available on Sylvie Messo, mentioned in the story from Congo-Brazzaville. Read the blog through this address: http://syfia.over-blog.com/article-pointe-noire-une-journaliste-maman-des-filles-meres-53307594.html

The stories which make up this week’s News in brief can be found through the following links: Fighting gender-based violence in Sierra Leone (http://www.irinnews.org/report/99070/fighting-gender-based-violence-in-sierra-leone); A look behind the statistics of South Africa’s rape epidemic (http://www.irinnews.org/report/99039/a-look-behind-the-statistics-of-south-africa-s-rape-epidemic); Kenyan rape victims seek compensation (http://iwpr.net/report-news/kenyan-rape-victims-seek-compensation) and; Better protection for victims of gender based violence (http://allafrica.com/stories/201311041170.html). Related to the article from Tanzania is Safe shelters to help gender violence victims, which can be read here: http://allafrica.com/stories/201310160667.html

The elimination of violence against women: “Time has run out for complacency or excuses” is a recent article from Think Africa Press. There are links to several more stories at the bottom of the web page: http://thinkafricapress.com/gender/international-day-elimination-violence-against-women-time-has-run-out-complacency-or-excuses

Many women are victims of violence and rape during wars and civil insurrection, and after natural disasters. Boko Haram, taking to hills, seize slave “brides” tells the story of one woman’s experience. You can read it here: http://www.trust.org/item/20131117092554-68m4x/. Getting protection of women right in emergencies discusses how best to ensure that women and girls are better cared for after conflict and natural disasters. It is available through this link: http://www.irinnews.org/report/99118/getting-protection-of-women-right-in-emergencies

A recent, high-profile case of a woman being raped and the authorities failing in their duty to bring the culprits to justice focuses on “Liz,” a 16-year-old Kenyan girl. She was violently assaulted and left for dead, but her attackers were “punished” by being forced to cut the grass around the local police station. There are several internet stories on this. These include: Brave Busia girl battles as her rapists go scot free (http://www.nation.co.ke/lifestyle/DN2/When-rapists-go-scot-free/-/957860/2022572/-/skd9s8z/-/index.html); Police wrap up probe into girl’s gang rape (http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Police-wrap-up-probe-into-girls-gang-rape/-/1056/2035702/-/format/xhtml/-/4rdyo/-/index.html) and; Miscarriage of justice in brutal gang rape shines spotlight on Kenyan police (http://sabahionline.com/en_GB/articles/hoa/articles/features/2013/10/18/feature-02). There is also an opinion piece from the Canadian Globe and Mail newspaper on a different case, After Kenya’s landmark rape decision, all eyes on the police, which is available here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/after-kenyas-landmark-rape-decision-all-eyes-fall-on-the-police/article13545136/

In spite of growing international awareness of the problem and the declared willingness of States to fight gender-based violence, women and girls continue to suffer disproportionately from violence, both in peacetime and during armed conflict, at the hands of family members, intimate partners, community members and State agents. The violence is often of a sexual nature. Instead of taking responsibility, States frequently ignore or deny violence against women, or justify the abuse with a reference to “culture.” Violence against women, from the World Organisation Against Torture, contains 383 articles on torture and other human rights violations. You can access them through this address: http://www.omct.org/violence-against-women/

There are more resources available on the internet. UNiTE, the organizers of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence campaign (featured in this week’s Resource section), has produced this resource bank: http://endviolence.un.org/resources.shtml. There is also a Virtual knowledge centre to end violence against women and girls, published by UN Women, which you can access here: http://www.endvawnow.org/. The resource is available in English, French and Spanish.

Communication and training materials were developed by the C-Change project to help prevent and mitigate school-related, gender-based violence. You can find them here: http://www.c-hubonline.org/resources/preventing-school-related-gender-based-violence-katanga-province-drc. All materials may be downloaded free.

Get Moving! is a series of training materials designed for organizations working on violence against women, or women’s rights work in general. It aims to provide opportunities for intensive self-reflection and self-discovery in order to help staff feel more passionate about and committed to their work. You can download the material needed to run a course here: http://raisingvoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/downloads/Innovation/Creating_Methodologies/Get_Moving/FG.pdf (facilitators’ handbook) and http://raisingvoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/downloads/Innovation/Creating_Methodologies/Get_Moving/PG.pdf (participants’ workbook)

Do you need to involve the men in your area? The Men to Men Strategy Toolkit was published by African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET). It shares information, tools, activities, and skill-building ideas and methods to help organizations and individuals better understand the dynamics of working with men to address gender-based violence. Get more information and download the toolkit (in English only) through this link: http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/men-men-strategy-toolkit-working-men-combat-gender-based-violence

Finally, the COMMUNICATIONS X-CHANGE is an online library of materials contributed by organizations and individuals around the world who are working to end violence against women and children. A wide assortment of international content includes flyers, posters, videos, brochures, educational materials and more, all of which you can view and download free of charge. Visit the library here: http://xchange.futureswithoutviolence.org/library/

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