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This article and the following video from the Houston Chronicle highlight the spike in cases of domestic violence following the holiday season. Holidays can be stressful, particularly for families already dealing with financial or emotional troubles. Many of those dealing with violence at home try to hold it together for “family centered” holidays, resulting in a sudden spike in violence after the holiday season has passed. “The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence found that the number of emergency calls tend to drop on Christmas Day and then go up, suggesting that families try to have a joyous holiday, despite the violence that may occur the rest of the year.”
The problem of sexual violence in Haiti has increased dramatically following the earthquake in January of 2010. This article published in The Daily Beast and featured on hrw.org highlights the disturbing problem and its impact on a country already in crisis. “On top of the catastrophic earthquake that has left more than 200,000 dead and 1.2 million people homeless… The camps are unsafe places, and many women live with strangers, having lost contact with family members and friends…Violence against women was a problem in Haiti long before the earthquake, with rape only recognized as a crime in 2005.”
Previously, November 25 was observed in Latin America and a growing number of other countries around the world as “International Day Against Violence Against Women”. It was first declared by the Feminist Encuentro for Latin America and the Caribbean held in Bogota, Colombia. At that Encuentro women systematically denounced gender violence from domestic battery, to rape and sexual harassment, to state violence including torture and abuses of women political prisoners.
This photoblog from MSNBC highlights several countries commemoration of the day on November 25, 2010 along with a statement by U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest global effort of men working to end violence against women; the movement is active in over fifty-five countries. In 1991, a handful of men in Canada decided they had a responsibility to urge men to speak out about violence against women. Wearing a white ribbon would be a symbol of men’s opposition to violence against women. With only six weeks of preparation, 100,000 men across Canada wore a white ribbon, while many others were drawn into discussion and debate.
President Obama speaks about the unprecedented efforts across the Federal Government and throughout the nation to protect survivors of domestic and sexual violence in an event marking Domestic Violence Awareness Month on October 27, 2010.
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991.
The Campaign spans from November 25 to Dec. 10th.
The 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by:
Visit their website!
And Checkout Their Photo Stream from Around the World On Flickr:
Such as this image from 16 Day Campaign in Serbia…
To mark the 16th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, the Vice President and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, spoke with leaders in the movement to end domestic violence. The purpose of the conversation was both to commemorate the passing of the act as well as discuss adaptations that need to be made in the movement to end violence against women.
Eve Ensler, the creator of the Vagina Monologues and founder of V-Day- a movement to end violence against women and girls everywhere, speaks here about her motivation for starting the Vagina Monologues. Much of this motivation comes from the high volume of violence against women she witnessed while traveling the globe listening to women’s stories.