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V-Day Karama Member Releases Statement to the Commission on the Status of Women

From February 26 - March 9, women from around the world will gather at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to participate in the annual session of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

This week, V-Day Karama delegation member Amal Mahmoud Fayed released a
statement on behalf of the Middle East Women's Caucus entitled "Dignity
of Arab Women Lost Under Military Occupation, Political and Economic

The statement alerts the UN and CSW delegates to the travesty of heightened violence facing women in the Middle East, living under the political and military occupations. The Caucus declared, "We came to make our voices heard as Arab women in the United Nations, to give our own recommendations on the resolutions presented by the UN regarding violence and discrimination against women. We raised issues that reflect the realities on the ground for Arab women: gender violence in armed conflict, raising the minimum age for marriage to 18, and the economic privatization policies which impoverish women further."

This year the Commission on the Status of Women is dedicated to the rights of girls and the role of men and boys in ending violence against women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York City to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.

To read Amal Mahmoud Fayed's full statement, please visit

Join Eve Ensler and V-Day at Two NYC Events Next Week

Stop Rape Now: What Can The UN Do To Intensify Its Efforts To End Sexual Violence In Conflict?

Monday, March 5
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Conference Room 4, General Assembly Building, UN Headquarters

1st Ave and 46th Street

Please join Eve for this CSW event:
Sexual violence often increases dramatically during conflicts and humanitarian emergencies. Rape is often used as a weapon of war, to devastate individual women, their families and communities. Too often perpetrators enjoy near complete impunity. Not enough is being done to stop sexual violence in conflict and to meet the pressing needs of survivors. The UN is sponsoring this event, in which panelists will be asked to provide input into this important discussion of how UN response can be improved.

Ms. Fatou Bensouda - Deputy Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
General Daniel Opande - UN Force Commander, Liberia and Sierra Leone
Ms. Eve Ensler - Creator of "The Vagina Monologues" and V-Day
Ms. Sapana Pradhan Malla - Director Forum for Women, Law and Development
Moderator: Ms. Isha Sesay - CNN anchor
The Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes will be present to comment on the discussion.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Guests who do not have a UN pass must pre-register with the meeting organizers to join the list for a UN pass. To do this, please RSVP by noon ET, Friday, March 2 to Gaella Mortel ( Registered guests will receive access passes on the day of the event, in the visitor's lobby of the GA building on 1st Ave and 46th street. Please arrive by 12 noon.

For a full calendar of NGO organized CSW parallel events please visit:

Calendar of parallel events organized by UN missions, agencies and Inter-Governmental Organizations please visit:

Women's Day NYC: Halt Gender Violence!

Thursday, March 8
7:00-8:30pm Followed by a reception
St. Bartholomew's Church
(Park Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets)

This event will feature activists and entertainers speaking up against gender based violence. Speakers will include: Eve Ensler, Founder/Artistic Director of V-Day; Carolyn Hannan, Director, UN Division for the Advancement of Women; Yolanda B. Jimenez, Commissioner of the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence; Badiul Majumdar, Vice President for South Asia, The Hunger Project; Nkechi Eke Nwankwo, Regional Gender Adviser, Oxfam GB, West Africa; Rt. Rev. Catherine S. Roskam, Episcopal Bishop Suffragan. Providing the entertainment for the evening will be singers Rebeca Vallejo and Heidi Sigell.

For more information, visit

V-Day & Glamour Magazine: Stories Of Women In Conflict / Women Of Peace

On Wednesday, February 21st in Los Angeles, powerful women in entertainment came together to champion the personal stories of Margaret Jayah (Sierra Leone), Myriam Merlet (Haiti) and Zoya (Afghanistan), at a pre-Oscar event "Women In Conflict/Women Of Peace" hosted by Eve Ensler, Cindi Leive, and Paula Wagner. This powerful event, which was co-hosted by Rosario Dawson, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek, and Marisa Tomei, proved to be an eye opening afternoon as these women shared their stories and enlisted the support of women and men in Hollywood.

To see pictures and video from this incredible luncheon, please visit

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