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Nov 6, 2007

4 Dates to Remember in the Quest to End Violence Against Women



Mark these 4 dates:

November 25th: The International Day Against For the Elimination of Violence Against WomenNovember 29th: International Women Human Rights Defenders DayDecember 1st: World Aids Day
December 10th: International Human Rights Day

This year’s theme is Demanding Implementation, Challenging Obstacles: End Violence Against Women

Challenges and obstacles have been identified by activists in all regions of the world, and we have chosen to highlight a few of those here. These can be addressed both as demands to be made on the state or other institutions and as actions that we must take in our own work in order to achieve better results. A few suggestions for focusing advocacy in this year’s campaign include:

* Demanding and securing adequate funding for work against VAW;
* Calling for greater accountability and political commitment from states to prevent and punish all forms of violence against women in practice not just words
* Increasing awareness of the impact of violence against women, including engaging in measures to end it by men and boys;
* Evaluating the impact and effectiveness of work to prevent violence against women;

Hat tip to Black Looks who will do a round up of blog posts on this suject at her blog, Black Looks on the 10th December.

4 comments:

Robin Steele said...

Sisters:

I love your site!

Please see the battle I'm fighting to get a man who advocates violence against women off Blogger. Could you do a post and encourage your readers to sign my petition to end the hate? Thank you. Robin Steele

http://robinsteele.blogspot.com

krystyna said...

Great job!
Best to you!

Black Women in Europe said...

Robin, I couldn't find your petition.

Krystyna, thank you!

Black Women in Europe said...

Dunbar Village update:
AT BlackPerspective.net we have been on the Dunbar village case for awhile; that being the assault this summer in West Palm Beach Florida consisting of a gang rape of a 35 year old mother and beating of her son that went unreported for hours as they screemed for help.
href="http://www.blackperspective.net/?s=dunbar+village

Over the weekend one of the perpetrators of the attacked agreed to a guilty plea.

The Palm Beach Post reports that:

"WEST PALM BEACH -- A 16-year-old charged in the Dunbar Village gang rape agreed to testify against his co-defendants in exchange for a 20- year prison sentence.

Jakaris Taylor could have faced a life sentence for each of the three charges of burglary with battery, and two counts of sexual battery with a gun while wearing a mask.

He will also be branded a sexual predator, according to the agreement."

[well, ya think!??? I hope this factor wasn't even up for negotiation]

The article goes on to say "His sentencing hearing will be a year from today.

Taylor and his co-defendants, Avion Lawson, Nathan Walker and Tommy Poindexter, were all charged as adults in the June 18 attack on a woman and her 12-year-old son.

According to the agreement, Taylor gave a taped statement on his involvement on Nov. 18."
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2007/11/26/1126DUNBAR.html

The Sun-Sentinel states that "Also charged in the June 18 attack on the 35-year-old mother and her 12-year-old son were: Avion Lawson, 14; Tommy Lee Poindexter, 18; and Nathan Walker 17. They face life in prison if convicted.

Taylor had denied any involvement in the June 18 attack on a 35-year- old mother and her 12-year-old son in the troubled public housing complex on West Palm Beach's Division Avenue."
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/sfl-1126dunbar,0,6480020.story?track=rss

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