Tagged: UN Women

BLOG: Primary Prevention On The Way To Become A Key Issue

I think it is powerful to be able and willing to name things as they are and to move from there to mobilizing political will to address the problem. The problems we face in human societies around the world are made by humans and all can be solved by humans – as soon as we are willing to…

BLOG: 6000 Minds And Hearts To End The World’s Pandemic

More than 6000 participants are registered for the event. Imagine the power! Imagine the momentum. 6000 minds and hearts have gathered here to end this pandemic. I realised the importance of NGOs, not less the importance of the work of IOGT International and all our members and partners. At the moment, there is a major focus put on tertiary prevention – easing the harm, taking care of survivors of violence. Which I consider incredibly important and I believe the countries feel the urge to fix the wound that hurts the most. At the same time, if we want to eliminate the violence against women and girls, we need to look at the cause – which is the status of women and the power relations between men and women. If we manage to challenge those, we might win this battle. Several countries were mentioning involvement of men in the solution. Challenging the concept of masculinity as the term for toughness, roughness, lack of emotion, sympathy, and empathy. Alcohol culture promoting macho-culture serves just like an oil to the fire and that is why I was pleased to hear at least from two countries (Uganda and South Africa) that they take alcohol use into consideration when preventing violence against women. So IOGT International is not standing alone on that which was a great insight. Let’s see what discoveries the coming days bring…

BLOG: This Stuff Really Matters…

We learned that 6000 civil society representatives are in town for the CSW57. 6000 from all over the world. That’s amazing and shows how many people in the world care for the issue of elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls. 6000!
And to be honest with you, Kristina and I could feel during the whole day: This really matters. The NGOS CSW Forum Consultation Day gathered almost 800 participants, mostly women, but all of them deeply caring for their fellow human beings who are exposed to atrocious situations and experiences. You hear testimonials throughout the day of panelists and people from the audience about being a victims of rape, a survivor of domestic violence, you hear stories of little girls from all over the world and young women and elderly women. Yesterday, after having understood and explored the political and policy dimensions, the social and academic dimensions of the problem of violence against women and girls, yesterday I understood and explored the emotional dimension.

BLOG: We Could Perform A Miracle If We Acted Upon Facts!

1 billion women of this world will be raped or beaten in their life-time and up to 80% of violence against women and girls is alcohol related, we have found a simple, effective, magic formula to reduce violence against 700 000 000 women…

BLOG: Here’s To The Women! The Best Drink For Today

It’s around Christmas time when there are many girls and women suffering violence right in their homes and have nowhere to go. The places supposed to be the safest shelters turn into war places. They are stuck at home with a violent man – father, husband, uncle, grand pa. Our cause is simple as well. We suggest to make each 25th alcohol free. By that simple action, we would reduce violence against women significantly. IOGT International has prepared a short video to demonstrate the idea.

EVENT: International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women

In 1999 the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize on that day activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women also launches the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, which runs through 10 December, Human Rights Day…

BLOG: #OrangeDay – It Is About More Than Just The Color

I am writing this blog after the midnight because I wanted to see what the day would bring and as promised in my first blog about the Orange day to share ideas for actions. The action after we got dressed in orange is what is really needed. And this time I got amazed and deeply inspired by 26 women from Arusha, Tanzania and their heart-driven effort to fight violence against women and girls…