Georgette Tannoury, NGO Regional Designate to the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA) in Beirut shares with us key messages endorsed by Muslim and Christian Religious leaders in Lebanon on the occasion of the “International 16 Days Campaign of Activism to End Violence Against Women (VAW) and Girls” See Press_Release-Eng This initiative is led by the ‘Resource Center for Gender Equality” ABAAD and is supported by a number of NGO’s including Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) with whom we collaborate in New York.
“Thus, this campaign comes to build on ABAAD existing multi-dimensional strategy of using positive psychology in addressing men and religious leaders in Lebanon to end VAW. In other words, it continues ABAAD’s use of positive psychology to inspire change and raise the awareness of the public. This will lead to true social justice and respect for human rights”
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign has begun. Good Shepherd in Australia and internationally is taking part through action, advocacy and service delivery. Read the news/reflection sheet attached and find out what Good Shepherd is doing. Campaign AgainstViolence 2012_2 Page 4 urges you to take action and page 5 concludes with a prayer.
Follow up your activities on the celebration of the Day of the Girl by promoting ‘Girl with a Book Initiative’ Take example from Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon.
Education of girls is a positive action towards eliminating gender based violence. Link the two during this 16 day campaign to eliminate violence against women and girls.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging people around the world to join a campaign to support a Pakistani girl shot for advocating for education.
In a recorded video message, Support Malala Mr. Ban says that on November 10th, citizens from across the globe are speaking out for Malala Yousafzai and on behalf of the 61 million children worldwide still not in school.
Fourteen-year old Malala, who is a campaigner for education in her country, was seriously wounded by Taliban gunmen who shot her and two other girls last month.
“My Special Envoy for Global Education, Mr. Gordon Brown, will deliver a petition in support of Malala and the universal right to education. I am adding my voice to the messages from over 1 million people across the globe. Education is a fundamental human right. It is a pathway to development, tolerance and global citizenship. Join us in our campaign to put education first – for Malala and girls and boys throughout the world.”
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