Sexual violence poses more of a threat to women ages 15-44 than cancer, car accidents, and malaria. Even worse, this violence is most frequently inflicted by a woman’s partner. A third of women murdered inthe United States every year are killed by their partners. Sexual abuse is often used as a war tactic in areas of conflict and also increases the spread of HIV/AIDS. We need to work to end this injustice! Women’s rights are human rights.
In 2008, the United Nations started a campaign called UNiTE to End Violence against Women in an effort to stop violence against women and girls worldwide. This campaign’s ideals are in line with ours at the UU-UNO.
Ways you can take action:
- Notify the police if you suspect a woman is being abused. Don’t keep it to yourself, as cases of violence against women greatly underreported.
- Urge your legislators to ratify CEDAW (the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women), which the United States has still not ratified. The U.S. is the only industrializednation that hasn’t ratified it yet. In fact, only six other countries haven’tratified it, including Iran, Somalia, and Sudan. Learn more about it here.
- Get involved with the Day of the Girl Campaign, which works to improve the lives of girls around the world. You can learn how to take action here!
- Call members of Congress to increase America’s financial support of UN Women, an organization that advocates for gender equality and women’s empowerment. You can even try to arrange a meeting with your local legislator. Check this out for advice on how to make it happen.
- Organize events at your congregation or in your community to educate others about this important issue.