Day 10 of 16 Days of Activism: The United Kingdom

Friday 5th of December 2014 01:06:20 AM  |  Feminist Activism

The UK–England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland–will be the focus of #Day10 of #16Days. The complex arrangement of four countries into one United Kingdom means that a ton of resources exist both at the macro and micro levels, so let’s get to it. The National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline can be reached 24/7 at 0808 2000 247. “The Helpline can give support, help and information over the telephone, wherever the caller might be in the country. The Helpline is staffed 24 hours a…


Day 9 of 16 Days of Activism: Malta

Thursday 4th of December 2014 05:30:35 AM  |  Feminist Activism

The tiny European island country of Malta takes the spotlight for #Day9 of #16Days of Activism. While boasting an impressive generosity with 83% of the population giving to charity, Malta still has some room to grow in the equality department. Fertility and childbearing are still upheld as women’s most important calling with a local proverb claiming a childless marriage cannot be a happy one. Malta only legalized divorce in 2011, abortion is still illegal and 16 is the legal age for marriage


Day 7 of 16 Days of Activism: Ireland

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 04:02:39 AM  |  Feminist Activism

#Day7 of #16Days leads us to Ireland, where the population is no stranger to violence, starvation and hardship. After centuries of fighting between the Catholics in Ireland and the Protestants in Northern Ireland, finally an uneasy peace has persisted since 1998. Unfortunately for the women of Ireland that peace has not spread to their homes, with one-fifth of women in Ireland suffering from physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives. The Irish Immigrant Support Center explains t…


Day 6 of 16 Days of Activism: Jamaica

Tuesday 2nd of December 2014 03:35:00 AM  |  Feminist Activism

#Day6 of #16Days falls on World AIDS Day. According to UNAIDS Jamaica’s current strategy to combat HIV/AIDS is “Making Human Rights Real” but despite huge successes from the program–“Since 2004, with the introduction of antiretroviral treatment, AIDS-related deaths in Jamaica have dropped by 41% and mother-to-child transmission of HIV has fallen from 25% in 2004 to below 5% in 2011”–budget cuts from the government could hinder that progress. And despite being slightly out-of-date…


Day 5 of 16 Days of Activism: South Africa

Monday 1st of December 2014 04:59:21 AM  |  Feminist Activism

#Day5 of #16Days explores the help available in South Africa, the callously misnamed “rape capital” of the world. Certainly South Africa has an abhorrent track record of sexual assault, especially so-called “corrective rape,” (whereby some misogynist tries to rape lesbians into heterosexuality,) but most countries have embarrassing rates of sexual assault. Hell, any sexual assault is embarrassing. With a history like theirs though South Africans have taken to the streets and created an a…


Day 4 of 16 Days of Activism: Mexico

Sunday 30th of November 2014 01:08:56 AM  |  Feminist Activism

#Day4 de los #16Days of Activism es sobre nuestro vecino al sur, México. Sabemos que la violencia contra mujeres allá es una vergüenza, pero el país no es sin recursos. El Instituto Nacional de Mujeres, del gobierno, tiene esta pagina con líneas telefónicas para casi todo el país, estado por estado, porque tod@s merecen una vida sin violencia. La Portal Víctimas de Maltrato Abuso y Hostigamiento Sexual también tiene muchas números de teléfono donde puede conseguir ayuda. Una de las o…


Day 4 of 16 Days of Activism: Aotearoa/New Zealand

Saturday 29th of November 2014 01:50:02 AM  |  Feminist Activism

#Day4 of #16Days takes us to Australia’s Pacific neighbor, New Zealand, Aotearoa in the native Maori language. In 1893 New Zealand’s women earned the right to vote, the first in the world to earn national suffrage, and Aotearoa is considered the fourth most peaceful country in the world, but as recently as 2011 New Zealand had the shame of landing near the bottom of the UN’s list–near the USA–when it came to the number of women suffering from intimate partner violence as well as the ra…


Day 3 of 16 Days of Activism: Australia

Friday 28th of November 2014 01:31:33 AM  |  Feminist Activism

#Day3 of #16Days explores another English-speaking country with a history of English subjugation and genocide against Native people. Just like in the United States 1 of every 3 women in Australia will experience sexual or domestic violence. Available in 28 spoken languages as well as Auslan–Australian Sign Language, 1800RESPECT is the Australian National Sexual Assault, Family Violence Counselling Service. They offer free help to survivors of violence and their friends and family by phone and…


Day 2 of 16 Days of Activism: USA

Thursday 27th of November 2014 01:27:37 AM  |  Feminist Activism

#Day2 of #16Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence showcases resources available in the United States to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. We are fortunate in the US to have many, many local programs dedicated to helping survivors of these human rights atrocities, and these national organizations can help you locate them if needed. The National Domestic Violence Hotline has been highlighted here many times before. From their website: Operating arou…


Day 1 of 16 Days of Activism: The Pixel Project

Wednesday 26th of November 2014 03:09:19 AM  |  Feminist Activism

Today kicks off #Day1 of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence! Everyday I’ll be showcasing resources in different countries that help people live lives free from violence. The Pixel Project has a fantastic running library of Tweets with the contact information for various domestic violence and sexual assault hotlines around the world. Follow them @PixelProject, use #16DaysofActivism or just #16Days, get ready to #OrangeUrHood, and like them on Facebook. They have some awesome po…