Elimination of Violence Against Women

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It’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and White Ribbon Day. Starting today, 25 November, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign invites you to “Orange the world: End violence against women and girls.” Everyone is invited to join the UNiTE campaign and organize “Orange Events” between 25 November and 10 December 2015. Violence against women is a human rights violation Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women Violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic. We walk besides our sisters, mothers, aunties, daughters, grandmothers, nieces as we move forward in the struggle against ending violence against women. And, we walk besides all victims of violence, female and male and other genders. We stand for the elimination of all violence against all people. Violence is never okay!  

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Missing Persons

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I was so sad to read about the young girl who went missing late last month. I remember staring at her picture on my Flipboard for a long time, and praying that she would be found alive and well. But, a few days later, I read that her body had been found on the banks of a Gold Coast river; a beautiful girl, gone forever. I can’t image the devastation that her loved ones are feeling. My heart goes out to them. And, while Queensland Police are out in force searching for clues around the young girl’s disappearance and murder, they are also investigating another case. Two young boys, aged 10 and 13, have been missing for nearly three days. Since going missing, they have been said to have made contact with their families, but they have not been seen. We hope they are found safe, like the young 8 year-old that went missing from Inala on Tuesday evening and was found safe and sound the next morning. Whenever I read about a young person going missing, I remember the families that I spoke with when I was involved in the missing persons project with the NSW Attorney General’s Department. …

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