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Happy International Women’s Day! This year’s theme is “The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum“, honoring the progress made to achieve equality while remaining tenacious for further sustainable change.  Supplementing this, UN’s theme is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women” focusing on the prevention of violence and the provision of support to survivors.

Physical and Sexual Violence Towards Women


Violence against women has been described as “perhaps the most shameful human rights violation and the most pervasive.” This public health epidemic is central to achieving women’s empowerment and equality and is a major peace and security issue.  Although there has been much progress on protecting women globally, 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not considered a crime.  Much more needs to done.

A new global initiative, Ring the Bell, launched today calling on men to take action. Men have a role to play in ending violence against women. Watch Patrick Stewart explains why this is so important:

Please join the movement.  Stand up, defend, and protect women and girls not just today, or this month, but everyday.

Further Reading
Violence Against Women is a Choice Men Make: 4 Ways to Make the Right One [Huffington Post]
The Price of Violence Against Women and Girls [The World Bank]