Aug 24 – WOSD Kicks Off Campaign Against Violence Against Women: No More Excuses. Stop It Now!

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The recent spotlight on sexual harassment in San Diego is indicative of what many women endure in their lives. Women Occupy San Diego (WOSD), is kicking off a campaign, No More Excuses. Stop it now! to declare San Diego as ground zero for ending violence against women in every form, in partnership with:

  • League of Women Voters-San Diego
  • International Museum of Human Rights at San Diego
  • Women’s Equity Council, United Nations Association-San Diego Chapter
  • Women’s Museum of California
  • Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition
  • American Women for International Understanding

The kick-off event is scheduled for:

Saturday, August 24, 2013,

from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

World Beat Center, 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego 92101.

Speakers at the event will present an overview of how violence is perpetrated against women and actions we must take to end it.

The Occupella Chorus and spoken word artists from Page to Stage: Women’s Words will provide their interpretations of the problem and solutions.

Following this kick-off of the No More Excuses. Stop it now! campaign, WOSD and its community partners will present a series of educational programs focusing on different manifestations of violence against women and girls. The first workshop, “Speak Up!” addresses the problem of sexual harassment, and provides training on recognizing and responding to such illegal behavior in the workplace and on campus.

Violence against women is the most pervasive human rights violation on earth—and the most costly. Trillions of dollars are wasted and millions of lives impacted because of the many forms of violence against women and girls. Such violence occurs everywhere: within our homes or family (e.g., battering, spousal rape, female genital mutilation, incest); within our communities (e.g., rape, sexual harassment, trafficking, stalking), and within/by our military (e.g., sexual assault of military women, rape as a weapon of war, and torture).

All San Diegans are invited to get involved with this campaign to end violence against women and girls. As Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile and former Executive Director, UN Women, said: “There can be no peace, no progress, as long as there is discrimination and violence against women.”

Join the conversation and the movement.

For more information about the No More Excuses. Stop it now! campaign and Women Occupy San Diego, go to:

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