Did you know that violence against women is a worldwide pandemic?

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150 women and men joined  The Three Tomatoes, the Metro New York Chapter of the US National Committee for UNIFEM, and several other leading women’s organizations on April 6, 2010 to show their support for the United Nations/UNIFEM campaign “Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women” .This is a global call for action on ending violence against women and girls through social mobilization.

The event took place at the Taipei Cultural Center in New York City.

Panel Discussion:  Violence Against Women: The Pandemic, The Consequences, and What We Can Do

The reception will be followed by a very informative panel discussion with esteemed experts on the far reaching consequences of violence against women. The panel will be moderated by media personality Valerie Smaldone, and will educate us on the issues, but more importantly focus on what we can do to end violence against women including taking action through the Say No UniTE global coalition of individuals, organizations, governments and the private sector to realize a vision that is ambitious, but must never be impossible – a future that is free from violence against women and girls.

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UNIFEM is the women's fund at the United Nations. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programs and strategies to foster women's empowerment and gender equality. Placing the advancement of women's human rights at the center of all of its efforts, UNIFEM focuses its activities on reducing feminized poverty; ending violence against women; reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS among women and girls; and achieving gender equality in democratic governance in times of peace as well as war.  To learn more please visit: http://www.unifem.org/

About the Metro New York Chapter
The Metro New York Chapter of the US National Committee for UNIFEM works towards raising public awareness and funds to support UNIFEM’s projects around the world, enhancing women’s economic security and rights, ending violence against women, reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among women and girls, and advancing gender justice in democratic governance in stable and fragile states.  The Metro NY Chapter was founded in 1987 and comprises hundreds of members across all ages and professions. To learn more and join us please visit: https://www.unifem-usnc.org/newyork/aboutus

About Say No UNiTE
Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women is a global call for action, launched in November 2009, on ending violence against women and girls. It is presented by UNIFEM as a contribution to advance the objectives of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women through social mobilization. UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman is the Spokesperson of Say NO.

Say NO aims to trigger and highlight actions by individuals, governments and civil society partners. Actions can range from reaching out to students at schools, to volunteering at local shelters, advocating for legislation or donating funds towards programs that protect women and girls from violence. Every action will be counted to showcase the global groundswell of engagement that exists on the issue.  Please visit www.saynotoviolence.org to learn more.

150 attendees; 25 sponsors
Joined us on April 6, 2010 to Say No UNiTe to End Violence against women.  Thank you all!
"NYC Women UNiTE To Say No to Violence"
April 6, 2010 - 6PM to 9 PM in NYC
in support of
Participants & Supporters
Valerie Smaldone
Dorchen A. Leidholdt
Center for Battered Women's Legal Services

UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman is the Spokesperson of Say NO
Approximately 1 out of every 3 women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.  It happens everywhere – at home and at work, on the streets and in schools, during peacetime and in conflict. Violence against women and girls has far- reaching consequences, harming families and communities, stunting human development, and undermining economic growth. Everyone has a role to play in combating this global pandemic.
Venue: Taipei Economic and Cultural Center

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Leslie Wright
Metro NY Chapter
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Attendees crossed arms signifying "we say NO to violence against women.  Photo credits: Peter Gray and Eric Chang