World Day News
During conflict and its aftermath, if international attention turns to women at all, it focuses on violence by armed men. The International Rescue Committee's new study of post-conflict West Africa has found that the most dangerous place for a woman is often in her own home.
In more than 15 years of providing services to women affected by violence, the International Rescue Committee has seen enormous progress in the number and quality of programmes and services designed to keep women safe. These efforts have overwhelmingly focused in the public side of violence—risks faced outside the home. The IRC’s new study, Let Me Not Die Before My Time (also available for download from the publications link at the bottom of this page), based on a decade of working with women in Liberia, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone, has found that more than 60 percent of women seeking assistance from the IRC in West Africa are survivors of violence committed by a partner.
Violence in the home takes many forms. Physical assault is most often reported and can range from being pushed or punched, to rape, attack with weapons like machetes and even burnings. However, violence in the home also includes emotional and economic abuse. Men limit women’s access to food or deny them control of money needed to buy medicine for a sick child or to pay school fees. Domestic violence not only poses a risk to women’s lives and health, but critically undermines efforts to pull societies affected by conflict out of poverty.
The scale of domestic violence is not unique to West Africa. The IRC’s experience in the Democratic Republic of the Congo indicates high levels of violence in the home, while our recent emergency assessment of people displaced by fighting in the Nuba Mountains in South Sudan revealed that domestic violence was the most common form of violence experienced by women. Despite such evidence, the humanitarian community—donors, nongovernmental organisations and UN agencies—has still not prioritised domestic violence as a humanitarian issue. This must change.
Some facts and figures:
- Since 1996, the IRC has provided assistance to women and girls affected by violence through innovative programmes in 20 countries around the world. With more than 300 field staff, the IRC not only provides care and treatment to survivors of violence, but also works to prevent further violence, and to stimulate long-term change, by empowering women in their daily lives.
- In 2011, the IRC counselled and cared for nearly 16,000 survivors of sexual violence and educated and mobilised over 590,000 men, women and children to lead prevention efforts in their communities.
What you can do!
On the occasion of Mother's Day 2012, IRC-UK launched Wake Up, our online pledge drive aimed at raising awareness about the challenges faced by women and girls around the world and highlighting simple ways to help them survive and thrive.
Some things can wait until tomorrow. Standing up for women and girls isn’t one of them.
To find out more about the Wake Up campaign, and crucially, to sign the pledge, see here
The Secretariat is pleased to announce that modest funding base is avilable to supplement local “take action” programs in the field. Interested organizations, including Council members and their affiliates, may apply for one-time “seed monies” to coordinate a “take action” program for DPAC 2012.
Applicants would be accepted based on a review process from the Secretariat in consultation with the World Day Chairs.
NEW YORK, May 2012 – In the four years since it was launched, the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children has been able to increase its activities more than threefold, according to the organization’s annual Evaluation Report, which was released today.
The World Day mobilized a handful of activities in 2008, the first year it observed World Day of Prayer and Action for Children. In 2009, the World Day was observed through 29 activities in 22 countries. Last year, there were 96 activities in 72 countries on 20 November 2011, when World Day was observed.
The majority of World Day activities – which included religious services, vigils, workshops, mobilization campaigns, and media coverage – highlighted the nonprofit’s new theme Stop Violence against Children, which was inspired by the work of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children.
Ending Poverty, Enriching Children
INSPIRE. ACT. CHANGE.
To be held 16-18 June 2012 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the GNRC (Global Network of Religions for Children) Fourth Forum will emphasize interfaith solutions to poverty's impact on children. The global gathering will bring together religious leaders, child-rights workers, UN officials and civil society representatives from around the world. This page is the online home of the Fourth Forum.
Read more about the Forum on the GNRC website.
In 2011, The World Day of Prayer and Action galvanized tens of thousands of people in over 72 countries who committed to Stop Violence against Children. Our new video: World Day 2012 highlights our growing global movement to unite people of goodwill on Universal Children’s Day. Click here to view timely messages from our leadership, glance at lively photos from our partner’s events and learn how you can get involved in 2012.