8 March: International Women's Day
Fuelled by competition for rich minerals, war, violence and instability have ravaged the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for nearly two decades. With the devastation of the economy and infrastructure, impunity has reigned. Sexual and other forms of violence against women, particularly displaced women, are commonplace. Mapendo is just one of the survivors; this is her story.
Today, March 8, 2012, is International Women's Day, with the theme Empower Rural Women - End Hunger and Poverty. For more information and to read the message of the Secretary General ...
Human trafficking constitutes an especially heinous form of violence against women. A prayer service, prepared by the JPIC Anti-Trafficking Working Group, is now available in multiple languages, including English, Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Japanese, and Korean. It can be found here.
On 8 March 2009 the world celebrates International Women’s Day. The theme of International Women’s Day 2009 is Women and men: united to end violence against women and girls. For UN information about this day, see www.un.org/events/women/iwd.
As we prepare to celebrate International Women’s Day again, here are four suggestions for learning more and becoming engaged with the international women’s agenda.