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After three years of horrendous fighting, a death toll now exceeding 100,000 and more than seven million Syrians forced to leave their homes, Syrian peace talks will finally take place at the United Nations in Montreux, Switzerland on January 22, 2014.
We are excited to announce that CODEPINK and a coalition of women’s groups have launched Women Lead to Peace, a global alliance of women’s organizations calling for an immediate ceasefire in Syria, humanitarian aid for the refugees, and the full participation of women at the peace negotiations. We will be mobilizing a physical presence of hundreds of women from all over the world to meet in Switzerland from January 20-22. Will you make a donation to help send women who can affect peace to the talks?
Women will arrive in Montreux by January 20, 2014 to plan and learn from each other. On January 21, we will hold a Summit with testimonies from Syrian women and humanitarian aid workers, testimonies from women from countries that made the transition from war to peace (such as Liberia, Ireland, Bosnia, Rwanda) and testimonies from Arab women who have been leaders in non-violent struggles in countries such as Egypt and Tunisia. The summit will end by modeling what the next day could and should look like. On January 22, the day of the official peace talks, participants will be inside and out with creative, beautiful and exciting protests.
This invitation is open to all peace-loving people. If you want to endorse as an organization or an individual, email Perrine. This is our opportunity to amplify the voices of women from all over the world, especially from conflict zones. You can make it happen, by donating today to help us reach our goal.
With courage to make women’s voices heard,
Alli, Kelleen, Janet, Jeremy, Jodie, Linda, Lisa, Medea, Nancy K, Nancy M, Noor, Roqayah, Sergei, and Tighe
P.S.: Today on International Human Rights Day, we celebrate the legacy of Nelson Mandela and recall his struggle and imprisonment for justice & equality. Today, we also celebrate the truth-telling of Pvt. Manning as she serves a 35-year prison sentence. She turns 26 on Dec. 17! Post or send us a Happy Birthday Chelsea Manning photo or message of support! We’ll make sure she receives it!
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World Human Rights Day
Welcome to our special Global Voice for December 10, Human Rights Day.
"No matter where you are born, whether you are male or female, whatever colour your skin is or who your parents are, whatever economic or political climate surrounds you, it is your human right to be free to achieve your fullest potential, and it is the global community’s responsibility to ensure you have the tools to do so." (SI Post-2015 Statement)
This year on human rights day, we celebrate the many ways Soroptimists are using education, empowerment, and enabling opportunities to realise women's human rights. From access to solar technologies to decreasing maternal mortality to disaster relief - every minute of every day Soroptimists all over the world are helping women and girls to claim their basic human rights. Read about highlights of this work below and be inspired!
2013 Theme: 20 Years Working for Your Rights
"As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, let us intensify our efforts to fulfill our collective responsibility to promote and protect the rights and dignity of all people everywhere."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
A portrait of an eldery woman, a child washing his face with water, a group of kids laughing and playing
The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.
In 2013, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights marks 20 years since its establishment.
The United Nations General Assembly created the mandate of High Commissioner for the promotion and protection of all human rights in December 1993. The General Assembly was acting on a recommendation from delegates to the World Conference on Human Rights held in Vienna earlier the same year.
The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted by the World Conference, marked the beginning of a renewed effort in the protection and promotion of human rights and is regarded as one of the most significant human rights documents of the past quarter century
Professional photographer, Peggy Kelsey traveled to Afghanistan in 2003 and 2010 to photograph and interview women. In Gathering Strength, these interviews come together under different topics creating conversations that illustrate the women's different stories, concerns and issues. Peggy's own story and comments serve as a bridge between the reader and Afghan women. Although the book addresses intractable issues and situations that the women face, it is ultimately hopeful.
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Nicole Kidman Accepts Award from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence
Published on Dec 2, 2013
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman was honoured for her extensive global efforts to end violence against women at the first-ever awards from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women on 25 November 2013. Ms. Kidman accepted the award at the ceremony, which was organized with UN Secretary General's UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, via this video message
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence 2013 November 25th, 2013
Today marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. The 16 Days Campaign originated from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates from November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) through December 10 (International Human Rights Day) to symbolically link gender-based violence and human rights, and to call action to other important days of recognition such as International Women Human Rights Defenders Day on November 29, World AIDS Day on Dec 1st, and the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre on December 6th.
Throughout these 16 days, we will post daily content here to raise awareness on gender-based violence and human rights, encourage action, and provide advocacy tools. Join the conversation on Twitter by including #16days in your tweets.