One of the most important issues we are facing today is violence against women. Based on data available, 70 percent of women experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime. This staggering number alone stresses the importance of heightened awareness, and increased action toward ending violence against women.
It happens everywhere – at home, at school, and on the streets. An estimated 150 million girls under 18 suffered some form of sexual violence in 2002 alone, and rape and domestic violence are a higher risk for women aged 15 to 44 worldwide than cancer, traffic accidents or malaria. Beyond happening too often and in sickening quantities, violence against women harms family and communities, and deserves a call for action to stop it in its destructive path.
Say NO – Unite to End Violence Against Women has taken a giant leap to halt the violence. The organization was created in November 2009 to end violence between women and girls through social mobilization. Say NO aims to spark action amongst individuals, government, and civil society partners. These actions can vary from reaching out to speak at schools, volunteering at local shelters, or donating to women’s violence programs.
UNiTe calls on anyone and everyone to take action, join forces, and address the global issue that is violence against women. UNiTe believes if we stand together as a whole we are better able to speak out and make a difference.
Like UNiTe, you have the power to take action and raise awareness about the issue (and you don’t even have to open another browser or flinch a muscle). All you have to do is sign CollegeCandy’s petition by leaving a comment with your name below. Each signature (between now and February 14th) will count as an action and will be showcased on the UNiTe website, which will display the global initiative to protect women. Say No strives to reach 100,000 actions by March of 2010. And you can help them get there!
You can also inspire others on your very own campus. All you have to do is visit the website and sign up for an action. You have the option to do almost anything to get the word out against violence, like hosting a house party and raising money for a shelter, holding an activity on your quad, taking Say No to your Twitter, or organizing a walk against violence through your campus. Anything will be beneficial to the topic and getting people involved.
We can make change happen, and we are all capable of starting right now.
Sign our petition, get your friends to sign it and get their friends to sign it – together we can make a difference.