As you read these words, nearly 5 million women and girls are living in slavery, victims of human trafficking. 60 million more are child brides, and 140 million live with the pain of enforced genital mutilation. These are more than just numbers; they are our mothers, our sisters, and our daughters.
Violence against women is a global issue. In some countries, one out of seven women are raped, abused, or mutilated. Around the globe, nearly one in five women under the age of fifteen are sexually abused. Over 130 million women have experienced genital mutilation. It is estimated that as many as 2.5 million people are trafficked annually into situations including prostitution, forced labor, slavery, or servitude; women and girls account for about 80 per cent of the detected victims.
Violence strikes women from all kinds of backgrounds and of all ages. It can happen at work, on the street, or at home. These are more than just numbers: they are out mothers, our sisters, our daughters, our friends and our co-workers. Despite these startling statistics, violence is preventable. It is not inevitable.
UN Women for Peace Association (UNWFPA) is hosting their annual rally and march to end violence against women. The event is free, thousands will march. You can be part of the dialog that can help eradicate this pandemic.
Sign up today to march at: http://www.unwomenforpeace.org/march-in-march
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The March’s Grand Marshall is Dionne Warwick. She will be joined by the UN Secretary-General H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon and his wife, UNWFPA’s patron, Mrs. Ban Soon-taek.
The Speakers at the Rally include Deputy Chief Juanita Holmes, Commanding Officer of NYPD Domestic Violence Unit; and Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, National Committee American Foreign Policy and many more.
ABOUT UN WOMEN FOR PEACE ASSOCIATION: UNWFPA, founded in 2008 under the patronage of H.E. Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, seeks to promote and advance the goals of UN agencies that provide opportunities for women through social, cultural, educational, and empowerment programs under the banner of a global peace building process. All of our proceeds go directly to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, which aims to prevent violence against women and girls, provides services and programs to those affected by violence, and strengthens the implementation of laws and policies on such violence.