Violence against women

The Worldwide Fight To Stop Violence Against Women (Huffington Post Live)

3/10/2015 -- Huffington Post Live -- "The Worldwide Fight To Stop Violence Against Women" Yasmeen Hassan, Global Executive Director of Equality Now joins other guests for a discussion on how to make the world a safe place for women (video).

Mauritania: Protect Human Rights Defender Aminetou Mint El-Moctar

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2014 Aug 12

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What You Can Do: 

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Please stand with Equality Now, the Solidarity for African Women's Rights (SOAWR) coalition, and FEMNET in urgently calling on the authorities below to demand that:

  • Immediate measures are taken to guarantee Ms. Aminetou Mint El Moctar’s physical safety and psychological wellbeing, as well as to combat her harassers so that she can continue her human rights work.
  • Mauritanian authorities conduct a prompt, thorough, impartial and transparent investigation into those threatening Ms. Mint El-Moctar, and that perpetrators are brought to justice.
  • Mauritania lives up to its domestic, regional and international obligations to protect, enforce, and uphold the fundamental rights of its citizens, and particularly those cases involving human rights defenders.

H.E. Mr. Sidi Ould Zeine
Minister of Justice
B.P. 350
Nouakchot, Mauritania
Tel: +222 525 2682
Fax: +222 525 2860
Email: szeine@justice.gov.mr

Ms. Irabiha Abdel Wedoud
Présidente Commission Nationale des Droits de l’Homme
B.P. 5435
Nouakchott, Mauritania
Tel: + 222-45-25-26-36
Fax: + 222-45-25-26-23
Email: irabdel@yahoo.fr

H.E. Mr. Abderahim Ould Elhadrami
Ambassador
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania to the United Nations
116 East 38th Street
New York, N.Y. 10016
Tel: +1 212 252 0113/0141
Fax: +1 212 252 0175
Email: mauritania@un.int

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania
2129 Leroy Place, NW
Washington DC 20008
Phone: +1 202 232 5700
Fax: +1 202 319 2623
Email: info@mauritaniaembassy-usa.org

Embassy of Mauritania in London
Carlyle House
235-237 Vauxhall Bridge Road,
London SW1V 1EJ
Tel: +44 (0) 2072336158
Email: info@mauritanianembassy.org.uk

Letters: 

Dear Minister/Ambassador/President,

I am deeply concerned about the death threats issued against prominent Mauritanian human rights defender, Ms. Aminetou Mint El-Moctar, and the lack of government and police action to protect her from the actions of Mr. Yadhih Ould Dahi, self-proclaimed leader of the extremist group “Friends of the Prophet.” Mr. Ould Dahi issued a fatwa against her on 5 June 2014, stating that “whoever kills her or tears out her eyes will be rewarded by Allah.” However, when she reported it the next day, rather than filing a complaint, the police advised her to discuss it with Mr. Yadhih Ould Dahi – the same man who had issued the call for her death! Since then, Ms. Mint El-Moctar’s personal information has been widely publicized, – further putting her in danger. As the Mauritanian officials have not taken action to protect her or condemn the fatwa, she and her children are currently living in hiding.
 
Ms. Mint El-Moctar is a lifelong advocate for gender equality and human rights, renowned for her instrumental work in combating all forms of discrimination, violence and harmful practices against women and their children. In direct violation of her constitutional rights to freedom of opinion and expression, she was targeted for speaking out publicly to demand a fair trial for Cheikh Ould Mkheitir -- a young man charged with apostasy who is awaiting trial in northern Mauritania – and her work to address sexual violence in Mauritania. 

I join Equality Now, the Solidarity for African Women's Rights Coalition, FEMNET and others in the international human rights community in calling on Mauritanian authorities to take immediate steps to protect Ms. Aminetou Mint El Moctar and bring those threatening her to justice, so that she and her organization can continue their vital human rights work.

Mauritania must live up to its domestic, regional and international obligations to protect, enforce, and uphold the fundamental rights of its citizens, and particularly those cases involving human rights defenders.

Thank you for your attention.

Yours sincerely,

United States: Pass the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA)

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Date: 
2013 Nov 21
Update: 

11 MARCH 2015 UPDATE: Great news! U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky re-introduced the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) in the House (H.R. 1340) on 8 March and Senator Barbara Boxer re-introduced it into the Senate (S. 713) on 11 March. Living free from violence is a human right. Passing the I-VAWA would integrate violence prevention and response into US foreign policy and support proven programs that can reduce violence against women and girls around the world.

Please join Equality Now and the Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally by calling on your Representatives and Senators to stand up for women and girls and help pass this crucial legislation today!


 

TAKE ACTION NOW! << Please take a moment to ask your Members of Congress to support this important bill.

Women and girls around the world need your support. Gender-based violence is a global problem and the numbers are staggering:

What You Can Do: 

TAKE ACTION NOW! << Please take a moment to ask your Members of Congress to support this important bill and help spread the word.

Letters: 

Dear Senator/Representative [insert name]

I urge you to co-sponsor the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) in 2015.

Gender-based violence is widely prevalent around the globe, with up to 70 percent of women and girls facing violence in some countries. Every day, women and girls around the world are forced to trade sex for food or school fees. Every day, women and girls are beaten and abused. Everyday girls are subjected to female genital mutilation and child marriage.

All too often these violent crimes are not prosecuted and, as a result, they are socially accepted and tolerated. Violence against women and girls is a global health crisis and a human rights violation that contributes to instability and insecurity throughout our world.

The American public is behind ending violence against women and girls. A 2009 poll found that 61 percent of voters across demographic and political lines think violence against women and girls should be one of the top international priorities for the U.S. government, and 82 percent supported the I-VAWA.

I am asking you, Senator/Representative [name] to stand up for women and girls and help pass the International Violence Against Women Act.

This bill supports innovative, cost-effective programs that have been shown to decrease acts of violence. Many of these programs help women and girls do things we so often take for granted:  go to school, earn an income to sustain families, collect food or water without fear of rape or harassment, and bring perpetrators of abuse to justice. The I-VAWA will also streamline and improve existing U.S. programs to end violence against women – increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of our international assistance.

The I-VAWA provides the United States with a critical opportunity to make a real difference. The world’s women and girls need this legislation.

Protecting and promoting the rights of women and girls is key to global development and effective foreign policy. Please help change the lives of millions of women and girls by co-sponsoring the I-VAWA.

Yours sincerely,

Egypt: Stop sexual violence against women demanding their rights

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Date: 
2013 Apr 11

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What You Can Do: 

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Remind the authorities of Egypt’s obligations under CEDAW, the ICCPR and the ICESCR to provide equality between men and women, including freedom from gender-based violence. Please write to the Egyptian authorities listed below and urge them to:

  • Stop the sexual violence and intimidation tactics being perpetrated against women advocating for their rights
  • Properly investigate and fully prosecute any sexual assault whether occurring in public or in private
  • Develop processes for the comprehensive inclusion of women’s voices in all governmental and administrative processes

Letters should go to:

Interim President Adly Mansour
El Etahadiya Presidential Palace
Merghiny St., Heliopolis
Cairo, EGYPT
Fax & Tel.: +202 239 019 980
Twitter: @EgyPresidency

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb
Magless El Shaàb Street, Al Kasr El Einy
Cairo, EGYPT
Tel.: +202-2793-5000
Fax: +202-2795-8048
Email: pm@cabinet.gov.eg

Minister of Justice Mr. Nayer Adel-Monei Othman
Lazoghly Square, Cairo, EGYPT
Tel.: +202 279 22263
Fax: +202 279 58103
Email: mjustice@moj.gov.eg

Letters: 

Dear President, Prime Minister, Minister:

I am writing to express my support of Egyptian women who continue to demand their full- integration in all post-revolution institutions and policy frameworks as laid out in the 2011 Egyptian Women’s Charter. Egyptian women deserve to be recognized as full and equal citizens and should not be subjected to sexual violence for demanding their rights.

The increase in seemingly organized incidents of sexual violence, perpetrated in and around Tahrir Square, is alarming. I urge you to stop the sexual violence and intimidation tactics being perpetrated against women advocating for their rights. Please act swiftly and decisively to prevent such violence against women; to hold the perpetrators of any violence to account in a timely fashion; and to ensure that everyone, including women, is entitled to participate freely without intimidation or harassment in peaceful debate or demonstration about the future of the country. I understand your government has launched an “Initiative to support the Rights and Freedoms of the Egyptian Women,” which I hope will take strong action on the fundamental issue of violence against women as well as other issues of discrimination against women. I also urge you to comprehensively include women in all governmental and administrative processes.

Egypt’s international obligations, including under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, require full equality between men and women and the prohibition and prevention of gender-based violence.

Such steps will ensure that Egyptian women and men’s human rights are respected and will contribute to a more secure Egypt.

Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,

Global Dir. Yasmeen Hassan on violence against women (CNC World)

3/5/2013 -- CNC World -- Global Dir. Yasmeen Hassan on violence against women (@ 3:20 – 5:29; 7:25 – 7:57; 14:40 – 15:00; 16:00 – 16:38; 16:49 – 17:24; 17:37-18:00; 18:35-19:10) [video]

The case for a Global Implementation Plan to End Violence Against Women and Girls (TrustLaw)

3/8/2013 -- TrustLaw -- "International Women's Day 2013 - Moving beyond words: The case for a Global Implementation Plan to End Violence Against Women and Girls"; This year, the theme of International Women's Day is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.” In this article, Global Director, Yasmeen Hassan, states why now is the time t

Ending Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls: The Global Tipping Point (HuffPo UK)

1/9/2013 -- Huffington Post UK -- "Ending Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls: The Global Tipping Point"; London Office Director Jacqui Hunt discusses recent developments and ongoing efforts in the fight to address violence against women.

How Much Must Women Sacrifice to Serve? (HuffPo)

11/12/2012 -- Huffington Post -- "How Much Must Women Sacrifice to Serve?" New York Office Director Lauren Hersh on sexual assault in the military.

Global Director Yasmeen Hassan - Adultery laws unfairly target women (IPS)

10/24/2012 -- Inter Press Service News Agency -- "Adultery Laws Unfairly Target Women, U.N. Says" Yasmeen Hassan comments on the state of adultery laws across the globe and their negative impact on women.


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