Tweeting an end to violence against women

Today, November 25th, is International Day for Ending Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) and the Peace Exchange wants Twitter and Facebook users to do something about it.

For Twitter users in particular, you can join in a Tweetathon to spread the word about the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence using the #16days and #IDEVAW hashtags in your tweets.

The 16 days of activism campaign is an international campaign that began in 1991. From November 25 to December 10, International Human Rights Day, the campaign calls on individuals and groups around the world to act to end all forms of violence against women and girls.

In her first message for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, since UN Women became operational earlier this year, Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet outlined the 16  Steps Policy Agenda to End Violence against Women.

Bachelet’s call for action urged world leaders to mobilise political will and investment to ensure that women can live a life without violence.

And this is an important call, because the violence is relentless and all too real.

According to UNite to End Violence Against Women

Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions. Based on country data available , up to 70 per cent of women experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime – the majority by husbands, intimate partners or someone they know.

Among women aged between 15 and 44, acts of violence cause more death and disability than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined.  Perhaps the most pervasive human rights violation that we know today, violence against women devastates lives, fractures communities, and stalls development. It takes many forms and occurs in many places – domestic violence in the home, sexual abuse of girls in schools, sexual harassment at work, rape by husbands or strangers, in refugee camps or as a tactic of war.

So back to the Tweetathon and how you can help today.

If you’re on Twitter, please participate:

Join the conversation by using the #16days hashtag. Donate a tweet, or several.  Here are a few suggestions:

“This Friday is #IDEVAW and the start of #16days2011. Join the #16days tweetathon on 25 Nov to spread awareness about #GBV & #VAW”

“Today is #IDEVAW and the start of #16days2011. What can we do to combat #GBV & #VAW all year? Share your thoughts using the #16days hashtag”

“Happening now: #16days tweetathon. Check out what people are saying about #GBV & #VAW and join the conversation! #IDEVAW #16days2011″

“#FollowFriday: the #16days tweetathon! #GBV #VAW #IDEVAW #16days2011 #FF”

If you’re not on Twitter, please tell your friends:

Post the details of this Tweetathon on your other social networks, or drop an email to friends to join in.

Go ahead, take action and… see you in the next post!

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