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V-DAY and UNICEF Call for an End to Rape and Sexual Torture against Women and Girls in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 6, 2007

Highlighting the issue of violence against women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), renowned playwright Eve Ensler has chronicled her first-hand encounters with women in eastern DRC, where sexual violence has become a routine weapon of war. Her account appears in Glamour magazine today.

Since 1996, sexual violence against women and children in the eastern part of the DRC has been used to torture and humiliate women and girls and destroy families. UNICEF estimates that hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been raped since the conflict began in DRC. In addition to the severe psychological impact, sexual violence leaves many survivors with genital lesions, traumatic fistulae and other physical wounds, as well as unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

“Stop Raping Our Greatest Resource, Power To The Women And Girls Of The Democratic Republic Of Congo” is being initiated by the women of Eastern DRC, V-Day and UNICEF on behalf of UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict. The campaign calls for an end to the violence and to impunity for those who commit these atrocities.

“Before I went to the Congo, I’d spent the past 10 years working on V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. I’d traveled to the rape mines of the world–places like Bosnia, Afghanistan and Haiti, where rape has been used as a tool of war. But nothing I ever experienced felt as ghastly, terrifying and complete as the sexual torture and attempted destruction of the female species here. The violence is a threat to all; young girls and village elders alike are at risk. It is not too strong to call this a femicide, to say that the future of the Congo’s women is in serious jeopardy,” Ensler states.

In her article, Ensler described her June visit to Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, where UNICEF funds medical assistance, counseling, and practical support for women who have experienced sexual violence. The article revealed their intensely personal stories, their undying spirit, and the work of such heroes as Dr. Denis Mugwebe of the Panzi Hospital where many of the survivors, often young girls, are treated.

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman who has also been to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, added, “When you have spoken to these women and girls, and listened to their stories, you clearly understand just how devastating their circumstances are. Simple, everyday tasks, like gathering wood or fetching water, expose them to grave danger. They must be allowed to live in a secure environment.”

The “Stop Raping Our Greatest Resource, Power To The Women And Girls Of The Democratic Republic Of Congo” campaign calls for an end to impunity for sexual violence, for measures to ensure that state armed forces and police do not perpetrate sexual violence against women and girls and for the full implementation of national laws that protect and empower women.

Within DRC, partners such Panzi Hospital, Coopi and HEAL Africa as well as survivors, women leaders and local activists, will document personal histories, run educational workshops, and spread the word about sexual violence via radio, comic books, theatre, song, leaflets, and a website. Local women’s and survivors groups will be encouraged to participate and make their voices heard at all levels of government as well as the judiciary and the police.

V-Day will also highlight the women of Democratic Republic of Congo in its 2009 Spotlight campaign, spreading the word via thousands of annual V-Day benefits and activists. Previous V-Day Spotlight campaigns have focused on Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan, Mexico, and India.

Funds raised will support local groups that provide counseling, medical services and legal aid on the ground. A centerpiece will be the creation of City of Joy in Bukavu – a centre for survivors who have been left without family, community or the capacity to have children. City of Joy will give them a safe place to live while providing an education, leadership training and a chance to earn income.

How you can help:

Write to the President of DRC, His Excellency the President of DR Congo Joseph Kabila Kabange, urging the Government to do more to stop violence against women and girls and bring perpetrators to justice. Send letters C/O UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict, P.O. Box 3862, New York, NY 10163).

Become a founding supporter of the City of Joy by sending a donation.

Educate yourself, your friends and your community. Hold reading groups and learn about women and girls in the DRC and other conflict zones around the world.

For information: http://www.vday.org/drcongo.

Background:

About V-Day

V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues. In 2007, more than 3000 V-Day events took place in the U.S. and around the world. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $ 50 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, launched the Karama program in the Middle East, reopened shelters, and funded over 5000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. The ‘V’ in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina. http://www.vday.org

About UNICEF

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. http://www.unicef.org

For More Information:

Geoffrey Keele, UNICEF, 212-326-7583

Susan Celia Swan/Kate Fisher, V-Day, 917-865-6603

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New Study Reveals Sources of Resilience and Strength for Black Girls in New York City Black Girls Face Hardships and Challenges

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 7, 2009

A new and unique report, Black Girls in New York City: Untold Strength and Resilience, was released by the Black Women for Black Girls Giving Circle (BWBG), a funding initiative of The Twenty-First Century Foundation, and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). The report, commissioned by BWBG from IWPR pairs analysis of original data collected through written surveys and focus groups with a review of existing literature to provide an in-depth examination into the lives of Black girls living within the city of New York.

“Through our work with Black girls as service providers, funders and technical assistance providers, it became clear to the founders of BWBG that there may be unique social factors impacting our girls,” said Stephanie Palmer, Executive Director, New York City Mission Society. “So we pooled our personal funds and joined forces with other like-minded women and organizations to conduct a study focusing on Black girls in New York City.”

The report finds that the impact of poverty is especially acute in the lives of Black girls. Approximately three-quarters of the girls in the study live in low-income communities and households.

“Like all Black children, Black girls are at increased risk of living a life of poverty. But poverty plays out in the lives of Black girls in very distinct ways,” remarked report author, Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, affiliate scholar of IWPR and Director of the Research, Public Policy and Information Center for African American Women at the National Council of Negro Women.

Young Survivors of Sex Trafficking Inspire Beyonce, Halle Berry and More to Join ‘Girls Are Not for Sale’ Campaign

New York (PRWEB) June 30, 2009

GEMS: Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, the nation’s largest survivor-led organization serving American girls and young women who have experienced sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, is joining forces with Beyonc

Bachelet Appointment Puts Women and Girls Up-Front on the Global Agenda


Washington, D.C. (Vocus) September 24, 2010

United Nations Foundation President Senator Timothy E. Wirth issued the following statement on the appointment of the new head of UN Women:

The appointment of Chiles former president Michelle Bachelet as the head of UN Womenthe United Nations new entity for women and girlsis proof that the UN is making smart moves to improve its operations and the lives of people around the globe.

Bachelet, who ended her service as her countrys first female president in March 2010, has distinguished herself as a champion for those who do not always have a voice. She was instrumental in pushing for a stronger network of social protections for Chiles poorest and advocating for laws dealing with violence against women. In her new role, Bachelet will be responsible for elevating the rights and needs of women and girls across the globe, including the 330 million women who comprise the worlds working poor.

By harnessing the United Nations collective impact and reach to advance the rights and needs of women and girls under one entity and the strong leadership of a skilled manager, UN Women will greatly strengthen the UNs work in the area of gender equality and womens empowerment. It will ensure that womens issues are included in all aspects of the UNs work. The creation of UN Women will improve programs that directly address the human rights violations and challenges to individual, community, and national development that result from gender inequality.

We applaud Bachelets appointment as a critical move in helping move us closer to achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include such global issues as gender equality (MDG 3), reducing child mortality (MDG 4) and improving maternal health (MDG 5). Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moons choice will ensure that the important UN conventions regarding womens rights fulfill their maximum potential and help focus the UNs ongoing work on behalf of women and girls. We look forward to working with Bachelet and UN Women to ensure that the voices of all women and girls are heard and that improving their lives is at the center of global efforts to create a better world.

About the new UN Gender Entity:

On July 2, 2010, the General Assembly adopted a resolution that creates a new womens agency to be led by an Under Secretary-General and consolidating the strength and work of four existing womens UN entities: the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women (OSAGI), the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), and the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW).

The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turners historic $ 1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the worlds most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns we conduct reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.

Contact: Yolanda Johnny Taylor, 202-778-1630

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Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint’s 9th Annual Steak Dinner Will Honor Longtime Local Representative Congressman Dale E. Kildee

Detroit, MI (PRWEB) October 20, 2011

More than 300 guests will visit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint on Thursday, October 20, 2011 for the 9th Annual Steak Dinner presented by Quicken Loans Inc. and Fathead, LLC. The 4th Annual Patrick McInnis Community Hero Award will be presented at this years ceremony, When I Grow Up: A Celebration of Opportunity & Achievement, to Congressman Dale E. Kildee. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. with a meal compliments of Outback Steakhouse, a silent auction and presentations from youth members of the Boys & Girls Club.

The Patrick McInnis Community Hero Award was established in 2008 as a way to recognize an individual or group for a significant investment of time, talent and treasure in youth living in Flint, Michigan. The award was named in recognition of Fathead CEO and Flint native, Patrick McInnis, whose investment in the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint has directly resulted in a more vibrant and positive organization where area youngsters can learn, play and grow into productive citizens. The award is presented annually at the Clubs Steak Dinner in October.

Presenting the Community Hero Award to Congressman Kildee is truly an honor, said Patrick McInnis. Dales dedicated and tireless work in Flint and the surrounding area has made such a tremendous impact on young people, including these future community heroes here at the Flint Boys & Girls Club.

Girl Up Highlights the Importance of Counting Girls as World Population Grows to 7 Billion


Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 27, 2011

With the seventh billion child expected to be born this month, Girl Up is drawing attention to the need to count, advocate for and invest in girls worldwide. Investing in a girl today means in the future she will have the tools to reinvest back into her family and community, which helps build a better world for all of us.

Todays youth generation is the largest in history with more than 1.2 billion adolescents ages 10 to 19, half of whom are girls. As such a sizeable segment of the population, adolescent girls represent the worlds greatest source of untapped potential. Research shows that less than two cents of every development dollar goes toward adolescent girls, and according to the Population Council, in some cases 80-90% of youth program participants are boys.

With a growing population of adolescent girls among the worlds 7 billion people, it is more important than ever that we ensure all girls are provided with the tools, information and resources they need to bring about change, said Gina Reiss-Wilchins, Director of Girl Up. Counting girls in order to properly steer national and development resources can help prevent child marriage, afford girls access to education, provide them with health services and prepare them to be the next generation of future leaders.

Adolescent girls have tremendous potential, and we know the keys to unlocking that potential are access to quality education, health information and services, social and economic skills training, and violence prevention and protection services. Yet, because research rarely measures adolescent girls as a segment, they become invisible and our ability to meet their needs is jeopardized.

You can help make girls count by going to GirlUp.org.

About Girl Up

Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, gives American girls the opportunity to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the worlds hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. Through Girl Ups support, girls have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders. Campaign supporters are encouraged to give a High Five to girls in developing countries by donating $ 5 or more to provide girls with such basic needs as access to school supplies, clean water, life-saving health services, safety from violence and more. Founding campaign partners include MTV Networks, National Coalition of Girls Schools, Womens National Basketball Association, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, Girls Inc., and 10×10. Go to GirlUp.org to learn more.

About the United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turners historic $ 1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the worlds most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. These campaigns focus on reducing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a new energy future, securing peace and human rights, and promoting technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.

Media Contact:

Rachel Runnals, United Nations Foundation

rrunnals(at)unfoundation(dot)org

(202) 778-1630

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Lakota Peoples Law Project Released a Special Report on the Richard Mette case, a Non-Indian Foster Care Parent of Indian Girls in South Dakota, Convicted of Child Rape


Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) June 04, 2012

The Lakota Peoples Law Project, a non-profit Indian rights organization of the Romero Institute, recently released a Special Report of their four month investigation of the Richard Mette Indian child rape case, and the criminal charges filed against the acting attorney Brandon Taliaferro and child advocate Shirley Schwab. Mr. Mette, a non-Indian foster care parent of Indian girls was convicted May 29th of child rape and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Attorney Taliaferro, the former assistant state attorney in charge of prosecuting child abuse cases in Brown County, South Dakota, filed charges against Mr. Mette in 2011 (CR 10-11-13; Fifth Circuit Superior Court of South Dakota). To read the full Special Report, please visit: http://lakotalaw.org/special-reports/special-report-justice-as-retaliation/

Attorney Taliaferro and Mrs. Schwab were working to protect Indian children from rape and incest in a state foster care home. Although Mr. Mette has pled guilty and been convicted, the two critics of the foster care parents were indicted by the state for alleged ‘witness tampering’ and ‘subornation of perjury’ in cases State of South Dakota v. Brandon Taliaferro (CR 12-428 and CR 12-431; Aberdeen, South Dakota) and State of South Dakota v. Shirley Schwab (CR 12-427 and CR 12-430; Aberdeen, South Dakota). Attorney Taliaferro and Mrs. Schwab were charged by the state with allegedly disclosing confidential case information and encouraging perjury by two Indian children against Richard Mette and his wife Gwendolyn. The court has scheduled a Status Hearing on June 13, and a jury will ultimately decide whether Taliaferro and Schwab are guilty or not, states Daniel Sheehan, Harvard trained attorney and counsel for the Lakota People’s Law Project.

Attorney Brandon Taliaferro is the former assistant state attorney of Brown County in charge of prosecuting child abuse cases in Brown County, and Mrs. Shirley Schwab is a widely respected court-appointed child advocate for Brown County. The Aberdeen News reported on Dec. 19, 2011, that Attorney Taliaferro asserts that he was simply looking out for the children, trying to hold the Department of Social Services accountable, and refusing to participate in the cover-up of misconduct by the D.S.S.

According to the National Public Radio investigation Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families by Laura Sullivan in October 2011, Native American children in the State of South Dakota have been being seized, removed from their Lakota families and Tribe, and placed involuntarily into state foster care facilities by the State of South Dakota. In fact, the Child Welfare League of America reports that Native children constitute from 61% -to-68% of the children seized and placed in out-of-home care in South Dakota over the last ten-years, even though they make up less than 13% of the states total child population. Placing the Lakota children in non-Indian foster care violates the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (authored by former South Dakota United States Senator James Abourezk), which mandates that all necessary active efforts be undertaken by State officials to place such children with their closest Native American family member, so as not to remove these Indian children from their Native American culture.

Research shows that the outcomes for Indian Children in non-Indian foster care homes and institutions are not encouraging. In fact, Judge Thorne of the Utah Supreme Court asserts that, Over 60% of Native children in non-native foster care who age out of the system are homeless, in prison, or dead by age 20. Also, according to Attorney Sheehan, The current system is a failure. Our research shows that the State of South Dakota is the worst violator of the Indian Child Welfare Act in the nation.

To read the full Special Report, please visit: http://lakotalaw.org/special-reports/special-report-justice-as-retaliation/

Since 2006 the Lakota Peoples Law Project has been partnering with the Native American tribes of South Dakota. Through law, public policy, research, and education, LPLP is challenging systemic injustices and working for the renewal of Lakota culture and society. The Lakota Peoples Law Project is sponsored by the non-profit organization the Romero Institute of Santa Cruz, CA. The Romero Institute, named after slain human rights advocate, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, seeks to identify and disassemble structural sources of injustice and threats to the survival of our human family.







CPS Insurance Services Participates in JMG Golf Tournament to Benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Valley


Irvine, CA (PRWEB) May 03, 2011

CPS Insurance Services (CPS) will be participating in JMG Security Systems Annual Golf Tournament as a platinum sponsor to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Valley on May 11th at Mile Square Golf Course in Fountain Valley, California.

This will be the second year CPS participates as a platinum sponsor in effort to raise funds for the numerous programs offered by the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Valley. Last year $ 35,000 was raised to help disadvantaged children participate in afterschool programs including homework help and tutoring, computer and technology classes, team sports and confidence building activities.

The programs offered by the Boys and Girls Club give children the opportunity to branch out, develop skills and build their confidence to help them excel in the future, said Andy Holden, President and COO of CPS Insurance Services. We are honored to participate as a sponsor and look forward to future events to help our local youth community.”

The 2011 JMG Golf Tournament includes a round of golf, a long hole competition, eight hole- in- one giveaways and an awards dinner. This year JMG hopes to raise $ 50,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Valley.

About JMG Securities

To learn more about JMG Securities please visit http://www.jmgsecurity.com.

About The Boys and Girls Club Of Huntington Valley

To learn more about the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Valley please visit http://www.bgchv.com.

About CPS Insurance Services:

CPS Insurance Services (http://www.CPSInsurance.com) has built a solid network and established a substantial presence across the USA as the leading provider of products, service and support in the insurance industry. Celebrating 37 years of continued success, CPS is dedicated to meeting and exceeding the needs of affiliate agencies and individual producers providing a balanced mix of the latest information and technologies, along with years of industry knowledge and service expertise.

The CPS marketing team is equipped with CLU, ChFC, and LOMA designations, offering strategic and advanced consulting, case design and management, point of sale support, immediate turnaround proposal service, field underwriting expertise and application, licensing, and contract processing with status reports. By partnering with CPS, affiliates and producers have access to the best options available in the insurance and financial services industry. CPS understands the market and its ever-changing targets and delivers the level of service and support that each client expects and deserves.

CPS Insurance Services, established in 1974 – providing brokers with the top Companies, the most competitive Products, and the best Service in the industry. For all your insurance needs!

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UN Security Council Addresses Sexual and Reproductive Rights for Girls and Women Raped in War


New York, NY (PRWEB) June 26, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 24, 2013 [NEW YORK, NY]

Today, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106 addressing sexual violence in armed conflict during a debate led by the United Kingdom. Significantly, for the first time, a Security Council Resolution explicitly calls for UN entities and donor countries to provide non-discriminatory and comprehensive health services, including sexual and reproductive health. The Global Justice Center applauds the inclusion of this language, which represents a milestone for girls and women impregnated through war rape.

During the debate, UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie spoke forcefully on the deadly effects of war rape: Let us be clear what we are speaking of: Young girls raped and impregnated before their bodies are able to carry a child.

The significance of the inclusion for the need to provide non-discriminatory health services to women cannot be overlooked and is essential to address a problem that is too often ignored forced pregnancies from war rape. In order for the medical care provided to girls and women impregnated from war rape to truly be comprehensive and non-discriminatory, it must include the option of safe abortion. As GJC President Janet Benshoof explains, Although the word abortion was not used, the non-discriminatory health services provision is an enormous breakthrough in the fight to end the deadly denial of abortion for female victims impregnated by war rape.

The language on the need to provide non-discriminatory medical care, including by donor states, follows from the Secretary-Generals 2013 Report on sexual violence in conflict to the Council, which called for the inclusion of safe abortion services to be included as an integral part of care to victims of war rape.

In 2010, the GJC launched the August 12th Campaign, named after the anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, to end the near universal denial of abortions for girls and women raped in war. The GJC has been educating donor countries, womens, legal and human rights organizations and the United Nations about the rights of women to non-discriminatory medical care under the Geneva Conventions. The Campaign also seeks an executive order from President Obama lifting devastating US abortion restrictions on humanitarian aid for girls and women raped in armed conflict.

Benshoof lauds the UK for its leadership on combating sexual violence, both for Foreign Minister Hagues Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative and for being the first country to explicitly recognize the right to abortion under the Geneva Conventions. Benshoof also notes that while the United States played a significant role in the passage of the resolution, US abortion restrictions on foreign assistance directly undermine the Councils call for all donor countries to provide non-discriminatory medical care to war rape victims.

The Resolutions call for non-discriminatory medical care was supported during the debate by several countries, including France, the Netherlands and Sweden speaking on behalf of all Nordic countries. The Dutch highlighted that medical care must be provided in accordance with international humanitarian law and include access to safe abortion and emergency contraception.

Benshoof adds as a final note that the global community had taken it upon itself to protect girls and women raped in armed conflict; a commitment thats made clear by the Security Councils seven resolutions addressing sexual violence in armed conflict. The denial of abortion to war rape victims is deadly, inhuman and cruel, and Resolution 2106s mandate to provide comprehensive and non-discriminatory health services seeks to end this egregious wrong against these victims.

Girls and women are entitled to non-discriminatory medical care under the Geneva Conventions, including safe abortion services, and todays resolution represents a huge step forward towards ensuring these rights on the ground. Now its time for donor states to comply with their legal obligation under this Resolution.

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For more information contact Sarah Vaughan, Development and Communications Associate, svaughan@globaljusticecenter.net, 212.725.6530 ext. 204

BACKGROUND

The term non-discriminatory medical care has a very distinct meaning under international humanitarian law, which governs situations in armed conflict. The Geneva Conventions contain absolute guarantees of the comprehensive medical services for all persons wounded and sick in armed conflict and the prohibition against discrimination, while recognizing that biological differences might require different medical treatment for women, mandates that the medical outcome for women war victims cannot be less favorable that for male victims. Therefore, the denial of abortions as part of comprehensive medical care for war victims violates the Geneva Conventions.

In an letter to President Obama on April 13th, Prof. Louise Doswald-Beck, the former head of the legal division of the International Committee of the Red Cross, details a compelling analysis of how the denial of abortion to girls and women impregnated by war rape is unlawful under common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions and customary international law:


Denial of abortion to women and girls impregnated by war rape violates IHLs medical care guarantees. The failure to provide the option of abortion, as a necessary part of complete medical care, to female victims of war rape violates the categorical care and protection guarantees of IHL. These include the rights of the wounded and sick to all necessary medical careas determined solely by their conditionunder common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions.

Denial of abortion to women and girls impregnated by war rape violates the absolute prohibition on gender discrimination under IHL. The denial of abortions to girls and women impregnated as a result of war rape violates the IHL prohibition on adverse distinction based on gender, because male victims of war rape receive all necessary medical care for their conditions while impregnated females do not.

The denial of abortion to women and girls impregnated by war rape constitutes torture and cruel treatment in violation of IHL. Given that pregnancy aggravates the serious, sometimes life-threatening, injuries from war rapeand prolongs the impact of the initial crime of sexual violence, which itself can qualify as torture or cruel treatmentthe failure to provide the option of abortion violates the prohibition against torture or cruel treatment under common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions.




DCF and Girls Inc. of Metro Denver Join Forces to Enhance Lives Through Coaching

(PRWEB) March 17, 2005

The Denver Coach Federation and Girls Inc. of Metro Denver are working together to successfully incorporate life coaching into various levels of the Girls Inc. organization. Both management staff and Girls Inc. girls are learning how life coaching can enhance their work and life experiences.

DCF volunteer coaches are assisting the dedicated management staff at Girls Inc. by coaching them throughout the month of February on a myriad of life/work related issues. “It’s a fun and rewarding experience to treat these hard-working individuals to some additional support via coaching.” Says Roberta Herman, DCF Project Chairperson. “This program has been such a benefit for our girls and staff.” Said Colleen Colarelli, President & CEO of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver. “We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to participate and we know that the girls and staff will continue to benefit from the coaching for the long term.”

In addition, DCF member Reuel Hunt has lead the ongoing program with the girls. “Volunteer coaches have worked with girls ages 8-11 teaching them life coaching skills such as powerful listening, intuition, perspectives, values, and visioning.” Said Hunt, Coaching Kids, Inc. Chairperson. “These bright young girls are now effectively using coaching skills to coach each other through the day-to-day challenges they face. They were lightning quick to grasp the concepts and put the skills into practice.”

About Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver: The mission of Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our educational programs for girls ages 6 to18 – particularly those from high-risk, underserved areas – are designed to help them build on their potential and achieve confident and responsible adulthood.

About the Denver Coach Federation: The DCF is a professional organization of personal and business coaches in the Denver area that educate the public about coaching, foster growth and outreach into the Denver community, and strengthen coach leadership and sustainability. The DCF adheres to the ethical guidelines and standards of the International Coach Federation. The DCF, which has 120 members, offers a free Find a Coach service via its website (http://www.denvercoach.com.)

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