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On the Map: Women Around the Globe Say 'No' To Gender-based Violence

A decade ago marked the start of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW), a worldwide awareness raising campaign about the detrimental effects of institutional violence. Here's how the world celebrated on November 25, 2009. Be outraged. Be sad. Be inspired. Then be courageous.

Al Jazeera ran a story about the Jordanian Women's Union shelter, the only place of refuge for rape and domestic violence victims, that explores the broader ways women are impacted by violence.

Flora Tristan, a feminist organization in Peru, took to the streets of Lima to protest the denial of free access to birth control methods and emergency contraception.

The Save Darfur Coalition gives voice to women in the midst of genocide.

The Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization, and Marginalization (AF3IRM)--formerly the Gabriella Network--filmed a variety of students' and professors' reactions to the establishment of the IDEVAW.

Chilean hip-hop artist COFLA created a video for a song called "Femicide." Can you guess what it's about?

The United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) released an awareness raising video about the perils that exist for women in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Women who have pressed charges against a violent partner are now eligible to participate in a program run by law enforcement that provides them with a special emergency cell phone that can be used in a time of need. The phone sends police the necessary information they need to take action to assist a woman who is being victimized, such as her name and address or the school her children attend. There is disagreement about how effective this phone will be, and France 24 dedicated a nine-minute news segment to discussing the pros and cons of this initiative.

Human rights activist Maryam Namazie speaks against Sharia Law at the One Day For All rally.

The United Nations launched a new initiative to bring together politicians, activists, religious figures, and other influential community members to form the Network of Men Leaders. This new group will work to raise public awareness and advocate for laws to end gender-based violence.

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Flora Tristan

It is so uplifting to see this!

I am doing my study abroad in Lima, Peru right now and I've been doing a little volunteering with Flora Tristan in their clinic in San Juan Lurigancho, which is a huge and densely populated neighborhood. Flora Tristan been doing outreach lately in high schools in this neighborhood, teaching basic sex ed which most kids are never officially taught.

I only wish that video had subtitles, so that more people could understand!

The women who dedicate their time and lives to Flora Tristan, such as Pilar in the video, are compassionate and inspiring human beings. Here's the website for the organization (in Spanish): http://www.flora.org.pe/index.htm

Also Flora Tristan, the historical figure, is fascinating as well:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flora_Tristan

I find it consistently amusing/frustrating that while most antibiotics are over-prescribed and available over-the-counter, Peruvian women attempting to refill their birth control will often find their pharmacies unstocked. Tampons are expensive here too, and my host mom explained to me it's because doctors don't recommend them as they cause "hongos", fungus! Yikes!

Also the issue of abortion has been under intense debate in Peru recently, as the attempts to legalize it under only the most basic conditions are being debated and protested at every level. It's a difficult issue, as anyone who has lived in or studied Latin American nations will know, but also not RADICALLY different from the debate within the United States. Here's a BBC article about it: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8318119.stm

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