March 8

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2013:

One Woman:  A Song for UN Women

The United Nation’s 2013 theme:

“A Promise is a Promise:  Time for Action to End Violence Against Women”

“There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Worldwide Today:

Up to 50% of sexual assaults are committed against girls under the age of 16.

Globally, 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime.

Up to 70% of women in the world report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.

Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18…

 source:  United Nations

Last year in celebration of International Women’s Day, Dove (Singapore) invited women to share stories of important women in their lives.

International Women’s Day is recognized around the world.  Join women everywhere working for equality.

Following are a few additional resources:

On Her Shoulders – International Women’s Day Documentary – Australia

International Women’s Day 2013 – Message from UN Women Executive Director – “Enough is enough”

Penny Williams – Australia

Nepal:  Too Young to Marry – UN Video