Women for a Change

The lives of both my grandmothers and my mother were plagued by the prevailing belief and  governmental stance that violence against women was a private, domestic matter not requiring state intervention. It was the prevailing practice at the time I came into adulthood, became a wife (1956) and mother (1963-4). “It wasn’t until 1993 that The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women was adopted without vote by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 48/104 of 20 December 1993”. 

~ "RESOLUTIONS: General Assembly, 48th session". un.org.

Contained within it is the recognition of "the urgent need for the universal application to women of the rights and principles with regard to equality, security, liberty, integrity and dignity of all human beings”.

~ A/RES/48/104 - Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women - UN Documents: Gathering a body of global agreements". un-documents.net. 

“In March 2003, during a meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women the delegate from Iran objected to the inclusion of a paragraph that called on governments to "condemn violence against women and refrain from invoking any custom, tradition, or religious consideration to avoid their obligations with respect to its elimination as set out in the Declaration of the Elimination of Violence against Women." Representatives from Egypt, Pakistan, Sudan and US also raised objections; making it the first ever diplomatic failure at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. 

~ Freeburg, Emily (2003-04-23). "U.N. Pact Sinks on Issue of Violence Against Women | Womens eNews". womensenews.org.

Organization upholding the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women:

Center for Women's Global Leadership, CWGL,  


United Nations Development Fund for Women, Unifem, 


United Nations Women 


Women Won't Wait, 


Women for Change. 


Women's Aid, 


Association for Women’s Rights in Development, AWID 


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Joan, in addition to the many descriptive labels I've given myself throughout my life, such as atheist, progressive, etc., in recent years I've also been proudly calling myself a feminist.  I can't imagine what my mail carrier must think when he's delivering mail to me, a single gay male, from Planned Parenthood.  It just happens to be one of the charities I financially support.   

It just makes good sense for women to have control of their reproductive lives, doesn't it Carl! The beauty of this age is that some men and women realize that fact and stand as feminists and have such a group as Planned Parenthood to assist both sexes in healthy functioning of their sex lives. 




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