International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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Opening Greeting

Rotary Bell SmallWelcome to the week of November 24, 2014 meeting.   With the ring of  the bell, our meeting commences.   We would like to welcome all of our members and guests to our program.  We look forward to hearing from you.

November 25 – UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day.

Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

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This Week’s Program 

November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Violence against women takes many forms – physical, 1 in 4
sexual, psychological and economic. These forms of
violence are interrelated and affect women from before
birth to old age. Some types of violence, such as trafficking,
cross national boundaries.
Women who experience violence suffer a range of health
problems and their ability to participate in public life is
diminished. Violence against women harms families and
communities across generations and reinforces other
violence prevalent in society.
Violence against women also impoverishes women, their
families, communities and nations.
Violence against women is not confined to a specific
culture, region or country, or to particular groups of women
within a society. The roots of violence against women lie in
persistent discrimination against women.
Up to 70 per cent of women
experience violence in their lifetime.  Source

This week’s program is a TEDx video “Find Your Voice Against Gender Violence” by Meera Vijayann filmed in June 2014 at TEDxHousesofParliament.

From TED:

Meera at TEDxHousesofParliamentSo I did something spontaneous, hasty. I logged on to a citizen journalism platform called iReport, and I recorded a video talking about what the scene was like in Bangalore. I talked about how I felt, I talked about the ground realities, and I talked about the frustrations of living in India. In a few hours, the blog was shared widely,and comments and thoughts poured in from across the world. In that moment, a few things occurred to me. One, technology was always at hand for many young women like me. Two, like me, most young women hardly use it to express their views. Three, I realized for the first time that my voice mattered.

Meera Vijayann began using digital media to tackle sexual violence in the aftermath of a tragic Delhi rape-and-murder case.  By using citizen journalism platforms, Meera Vijayann explores creative ways that young women can participate in politics and community matters.

Please join us this week and take part in our discussions on finding our voice to speak out on violence against women.

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