Posted by: eliseanne | November 13, 2009

International Day Against Violence Against Women and International Human Rights Day

from the email newsletter of The Advocates for Human Rights…


The Advocates for Human Rights  and
the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center  
invite you to commemorate
  International Human Rights Day 2009

Each year people around the world come together to celebrate International Human Rights Day. This year, we ask you to commemorate this day by joining the 16 Days of Activism Campaign, which condemns violence against women as a violation of human rights. The campaign begins on November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women, and ends on December 10, International Human Rights Day. We invite you to learn more about defending a woman’s right to be free from violence by attending the following events:

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Brown Bag Lunch: Legal Reform on Violence against Women in the Republic of Georgia: Recent Successes and Challenges
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. Minnetonka/Tamarack Room
200 South Sixth Street, Suite 4000, Minneapolis

 Presenters: Robin Phillips, Executive Director, and Cheryl Thomas, Director of the Women’s Human Rights Program.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Arlington Hills Branch Library
1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul

“Frontrunner” tells the heroic story of Massouda Jalal, a medical doctor and mother of three, who defied the Taliban regime and ran for President of Afghanistan. Discussion hosted by Cheryl Thomas, Director of the Women’s Human Rights Program, to follow.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Pray the Devil Back to Hell
University of Minnesota Law School
229 19th Ave S, Minneapolis
Mondale Hall, Room 25
University of Minnesota

 A story of sacrifice, unity, and transcendence, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” honors the strength and perseverance of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Panel discussion to follow.

 Click here for more detailed information about these events. 

Celebrate International Human Rights Day with:
Commit ~ Act ~ Demand: We CAN End Violence Against Women!


16 WAYS in 16 DAYS

Think Globally
Visit and help
UNiTE to End Violence Against Women
Attend an Event
Check out the events listed above.
Watch a Film
See a list of films from Women Make Movies at for ideas.
Write a Letter
Send a letter to your federal representatives to support the International Violence Against Women Act. See our website or visit 
Learn the Facts
Read The Advocates for Human Rights toolkit on the Rights of Women in the U.S. at: 
Get the News
Sign up for the VAW Monitor at: 
Tell co-workers, friends, family, and others about the 16 Days campaign. Encourage them to learn more and take action!
Include Men
Talk to men and boys about the issue of gender violence and invite them to take part in a 16 Days event or activity.
Donate your time and/or services to a non-profit organization fighting gender violence.
Invite a Speaker
Find an advocate for battered women, a female politician, or another woman leader to come and speak about gender violence in your community.
Send an Email
Check out pre-written emails at 
Join a Network
Become a member of a local organization that works to end gender violence.  Recognize Rights
Be an example for others by speaking out against acts of gender violence in your community.
Make a Donation
Support organizations fighting gender violence in your community. 
Create your own 16 Days of Activism event or activity to get those in your community involved.
Network Online
Tell friends and family about 16 Days through email, facebook, twitter, etc. and spread the word!


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