Voices against Violence – Protecting Women and Children – Get Involved

VOICES AGAINST VIOLENCE

One billion women will be victims of violence in their lifetime.

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and, yet, least-recognized human rights abuses in the world. This violence takes many forms including: physical, sexual and psychological abuse, as well as harmful cultural practices such as forced child marriage.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 50 percent of women and girls in some countries experience domestic violence. Almost every day, we hear and read about domestic violence, sexual abuse and “honor” killings. These cases are the ones that make the news; so many more go uncovered, even unreported.

This type of violence has extensive health and social consequences for individuals, families and communities. Violence against women and girls reduces their contributions to development, inflicts costs on national economies and undermines poverty reduction efforts.

In short, acts of violence against women and girls prevent individuals, families and whole communities from escaping poverty.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Women and men from all walks of life are joining together to help bring an end to these pervasive, and often deadly, acts of violence.

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THOUSANDS CELEBRATED
INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY AT CARE’S HALF THE SKY SPECTACULAR

On March 4, approximately 35,000 people turned out at their local theater for CARE’s second annual one-night-only event, HALF THE SKY, in what was one of the largest celebrations of International Women’s Day on the planet!

Inspired by moving stories from the critically-acclaimed book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, HALF THE SKY was an evening of uplifting songs, celebrity discussion and the world premiere of “Woinshet,” a powerful short film directed by Academy Award®-winner Marisa Tomei and Lisa Leone that chronicles the struggles of Woinshet, an Ethiopian woman who triumphs over violence and discrimination.

Filmed before a live audience in New York City, HALF THE SKY featured beautiful musical performances, moving readings, insightful commentary and stirring messages by India.Arie, Maria Bello, Diane Birch, Sarah Ferguson, Michael Franti, Dr. Helene Gayle, Angelique Kidjo, Nicholas Kristof, Rachel Mayanja and Sheryl WuDunn.

The evening ended on a memorable note, with a special guest appearance by Woinshet and her father, who received a standing ovation for their work in overturning an oppressive law in Ethiopia that allowed rapists who married their victims to go unpunished for their brutal crimes. Woinshet was only 13 years old when she was held down and raped on two separate, terrifying occasions.

“Woinshet is an inspiration to the millions of women across the globe who face violence and oppression,” Marisa Tomei remarked at the event taping. “My hope is that people will leave theaters not only cheering her on, but demanding that we end discrimination and horrible cruelty towards women.”

Marisa, we couldn’t agree more! Please join CARE today in helping make the world a safer place for women and girls around the world.

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“A POWERFUL NOISE” IN HOMES NOW

More than 100 companies are offering the inspiring film, “A Powerful Noise,” to tens of millions of households across the United States. The film, which premiered at CARE’s 2009 event in honor of International Women’s Day, features three women who overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to bring lasting solutions to their communities in Mali, Vietnam and Bosnia.

Created in collaboration with CARE and other partners, the documentary now is available through On Demand, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon and other online and in-store outlets, including more than 700 Blockbuster stores in the United States.

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