Friday, 8 March 2013FAWE is to call for an end to violence and discrimination against girls and women in a special feature programme on Radio France International (RFI) broadcast live around the world on International Women’s Day on 8 March.
Global statistics show that one in three women will suffer abuse in her lifetime. This includes rape, physical abuse, human trafficking, domestic violence and other forms of abuse.
Given this alarming situation, the United Nations (UN) theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”.
Simultaneously, the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is focusing on the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls at its annual session from 4 to 15 March.
FAWE will focus on the crucial role of education in helping to tackle the discrimination and violence that many African girls and women face in their societies.
Joining other development partners, including international agencies and government ministries on the RFI programme 7 milliards de voisins (7 billion neighbours), FAWE will also call on partners to ensure that girls and women receive the protection and support they need to enjoy the same rights and opportunities as their male counterparts without fear of violence and discrimination.
FAWE’s efforts are part of a global movement to protect, empower and transform the lives of girls and women around the world. This movement includes the first ever International Day of the Girl in October 2012; Plan International’s global ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign; the recent ‘One Billion Rising’ mass action event in February 2013; and the 10x10 movement on girls’ education and empowerment.
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