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Day 11 of 16: An insufficient response to violence against female migrants in Accra, Ghana

by Samantha R. Lattof, AWC Berlin member “Why was she beaten? Did she steal something?” asked the triage nurse as we arrived in the Accident Centre. I was well aware of the stigma and insults that female kayayei migrants experience in Accra; it was a common theme that arose in the interviews we conducted. But …

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Day 8 of 16: RAINN … every 109 seconds

by Carolyn Stransky, AWC Berlin member Every 109 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. Meanwhile, only six out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison. These are the statistics that the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) has been battling for over 20 years. RAINN is the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the …

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Day 5 of 16: When domestic violence hits close to home!

by Karen Castellon, AWC Berlin member One evening, while travelling on a business trip, I happened to be browsing the internet and saw in my local hometown news that a woman had been strangled to death by her husband during a dispute over their impending divorce.  The police, called by the couple’s only child, arrived to arrest the …

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DAY 1 of 16 – November 25th International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

“Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. It imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies. The world cannot afford to pay this price.” — Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General Today is DAY 1 of The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. AWC …

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