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Speak Up Campaign to Prevent Violence

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Speak Up Campaign to Prevent Violence

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence has launched a new public awareness campaign in concert with National Youth Violence Prevention Week, April 7-11. The campaign, called Speak Up, educates students about the important roles they can play in preventing violence. It includes public service announcements (PSAs), posters and poster contests, interactive BuzzFeed-style quizzes, pledge [...]

Fergie Urges to End Violence Against Women

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Fergie Urges to End Violence Against Women

The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women, a collaboration of Vital Voices Global Partnership, the Avon Foundation for Women and the U.S. Department of State, presented Thursday a new initiative to address gender-based violence: the Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative. The program is dedicated to assisting victims of extreme forms of gender-based [...]

Salma Hayek Says No to Violence against Women

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Salma Hayek Says No to Violence against Women

Avon Foundation for Women Ambassador Salma Hayek Pinault and Avon Products CEO Sheri McCoy announced Friday that four global organizations and one government campaign have received 2nd Avon Communications Awards: Speaking Out About Violence Against Women for their work to bring attention to the need to end violence against women. The awards, presented at the [...]

South Africa Must Tackle Sexual Violence: UN

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South Africa Must Tackle Sexual Violence: UN

The United Nations human rights chief expressed her shock and deep sadness at the rape, mutilation and murder of a 17-year-old woman in South Africa, and urged a more comprehensive approach to tackling the “pandemic of sexual violence” in the country. “There is a need for very strong signals to be sent to all rapists [...]

Mother Speaks Against Gun Violence in TV Ad

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Mother Speaks Against Gun Violence in TV Ad

Two years after the Tucson mass shooting in which six were killed and former Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot, Mayors Against Illegal Guns today released a new television ad featuring Roxanna Green, mother of Christina-Taylor Green, the nine year-old girl murdered that day. The 30-second spot opens with a scene from the shooting at Sandy [...]

“U.S. Cost of Violence Surpasses 15% of GDP”

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“U.S. Cost of Violence Surpasses 15% of GDP”

On the eve of the International Day of Peace (Sept. 21), the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) has released a report detailing how much of the U.S. economy is related to either preventing or dealing with the consequences of violence. The report conservatively estimates that in 2010, 15% of GDP or US$15,000 per taxpayer [...]

Syrian Violence Continues Despite Peace Promise

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Syrian Violence Continues Despite Peace Promise

Despite Syrian Government’s commitment to UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan to withdraw troops by April 10, state violence continues in Syria. The Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations (UN) and the League of Arab States, Kofi Annan (pictured above) stressed the escalation of violence in Syria is “unacceptable”, and called on the Government to [...]

What Reese Says to End Violence Against Women

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What Reese Says to End Violence Against Women

Reese Witherspoon, Avon global ambassador and honorary chairperson of the Avon Foundation for Women, today launches the new Empowerment “Circle of Support” Necklace in recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8th. The necklace is the latest Avon fund-raising product that raises life-saving funds for the Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program, which has [...]

How to Deal with Domestic Violence

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How to Deal with Domestic Violence

Each year, more than 4 million women and one in 10 men are harmed by their partners, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Tragically, the most dangerous time for victims of domestic violence is when they try to leave. In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, BeSmartBeWell.com, in collaboration with the [...]

Verizon Showing Monsters of Domestic Violence

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Verizon Showing Monsters of Domestic Violence

“Monsters,” a provocative new video, portrays the alarming impact of domestic violence on families and children, as seen through the eyes of a young girl. Produced and funded by the Verizon Foundation and supported by the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the video encourages the public to get involved in domestic violence prevention and education efforts, [...]

US Reaction to Sexual Violence in Libya

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US Reaction to Sexual Violence in Libya

The United States is deeply concerned by reports of wide-scale rape in Libya. Since Eman al Obeidi bravely burst into a hotel in Tripoli on March 26 to reveal that Qadhafi’s security forces raped her, other brave women have come forward to tell of the horrible brutality they have experienced. Recently, the International Criminal Court [...]