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one in ten

by Jen at 1:10 pm on 6.03.2009 | 2 Comments
filed under: like a fish needs a bicycle

sunday, march 8th is international women’s day – since 1911, this day has been recognised as a day to promote the social, political and economic equality of women.

today, amnesty international uk is using international women’s day to draw attention to their 1:10 campaign, highlighting the unconscionable statistic that one in ten women in the uk are the victims of rape or gender-related violence every year (domestic violence/female genital mutilation/forced marriages/”honour” violence/sexual abuse/sex trafficking).

i’ve written many times here about how the uk law enforcement and judicial systems are failing rape victims in horrifying fashion, and one in four local authorities offers no services for violence against women.

if you live in the uk, go to the map of gaps to petition your mp for services and funding to combat violence against women.  if you live elsewhere, take action on amnesty’s global campaign to combat rape against women in conflict zones – “rape is cheaper than bullets”.

international women’s day has been much needed for nearly a hundred years now – how many more?



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    Comment by ian in hamburg

    6.03.2009 @ 16:56 pm

    While you’re at it, go to “roissy in dc” and tell him it’s not OK to beat the crap out of women, because no, they don’t enjoy it and no, it’s not something that establishes your alpha dominance.

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    Comment by Jen

    7.03.2009 @ 10:55 am

    jeezus! thanks for not linking to that one directly – sickening.

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