Jul 2, 2010


Dear Friends,
Say NO - UNITE, a global web initiative of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) is highlighting the daily violence faced by women in conflict zones this month. You often write on issues related to women’s lives, and have written about Say NO in the past. The issue of sexual violence impacts thousands of women across the world.

WHY: Women hardly ever fight the world's wars, but often suffer the most from it. Every day women and young girls are targets of sexual violence: in IDP camps, when they go to school; on the streets outside their own homes; and even when they step out to get water or firewood for daily survival. But they have little say when peace is negotiated! Less than 10 percent of people who negotiate peace deals are women.

YOU can help change this. Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign is highlighting the urgent need to make WOMEN COUNT FOR PEACE. You and your readers can help by signing the Petition and sharing this information through your blog, on Facebook and Twitter. See some sample messages that you can post!

Click below for news, photos and updates. If you use any of the photo materials, please credit them to the Photographer or UNIFEM.

Hear the voices of women affected by conflict

· See women peace activists at work

Please let me know if you would like more information about this initiative.


Urjasi Rudra

United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

Urjasi Rudra

Coordinator, Say NO - UNiTE to End Violence against Women

UNIFEM, New York

304 E 45 Street, NY

Email: urjasi.rudra@unifem.org

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