22 January 2015
HER VOICE, HER PEACE, SHE MATTERS: GLOBAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN ETHIOPIA, ADDIS ABABA AS PART OF THE 24TH AFRICAN UNION CIVIL SOCIETY PRE- SUMMIT, 22-31 JANUARY 2015
Attention: Editors, Reporters and Producers
Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA) in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA), Southern Africa Liaison Office (SALO) and Sonke Gender Justice (SGJ) launched the Continental and Global media Campaign in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa on Tuesday, the 20 January 2015 under the theme’ Her Voice, Her Peace, She matters.
This continental and global campaign is informed and guided by the African Union theme for 2015 which has been declared as the “Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063: What is the Change We Want to See?” and the fifteenth anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, and the finalization of deliberations on the Post-2015 Agenda.
As Human rights organisations based in South Africa and having impact on the African Continent and the World, We call upon all Africans and like-minded Human rights organisations across South Africa and Africa to add their voices and to enable African women’s voices that are seldom heard in the corridors and in the conference rooms of decision-makers, where the very same women’s lives and future are decided.
These same African women, so long as they are not participating in economics, political life and socio- cultural life experiences due to being refugees, undocumented or stateless, child-soldiers, and victims of sexual violence during war times, will rarely have the opportunity to determine and vocalise their own needs to those who make decisions of their lives.
Her voice, her peace, she matters media campaign in simple human rights language means:
Her voice is essential within the halls and corridors of decision making as she knows best what will enable her to have her basic rights and dignity;
Her peace is fundamentally for her to be a person living free and safe to participate and make sound decision for herself and
She matters because without her participation and development, the African continent shall not develop or prosper.
Issued by HURISA, CSVR, POWA, SALO AND SGJ
For media interviews in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa Kindly liase with Sufiya and Litlhare Rabele : 00251 9325 15958 or 002511927941163
Social medial links:
@whyshematters: kindly tweet- while you make decisions on peace and security, remember- Africa women’s and girls’ lives matter
Facebook page: her voice her peace she matters
Weblog: www.hervoiceherpeaceshematters.org (for pictures and speeches of the global media campaign)
Notes and facts for editors, reporters and producers to consider:
- African women and girls comprise about half of any refugee IDP or stateless population and are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence and exploitation;
- African women and girls constitute the majority of vulnerable people on the continent, from domestic violence to lack of access to basic reproductive health rights not to mention customary social norms that tend to marginalise or exclude women from active participation in political or economic environments;
- Glaring number of conflicts on the African continent coupled with women’s bodies and the assumed gendered roles they are kept in means that millions of women across the continent face extra-ordinary abuses such as being forced into slavery and exploitative conditions such as war wives and alongside their male counterparts child soldiers;
- African women and girl child, who experience war, suffer the traumas of war both physically and emotionally and cannot be expected to participate fully in political, economic and cultural life;
- The recently publicized abductions of the girls by Boko Haram in protest of women being educated and forced them into war, turning them into suicide bombers, is evidenced of rising cultural and religious fundamentalism that is sweeping the African Continent;
- So long as there are conflicts on the African soil and unresolved transitions out of conflict in communities, those who predominantly depend on , and manage community cohesion will always have interrupted development, remain marginalised, vulnerable and
- There is no true social revolution without the liberation of women. May my eyes never see and my feet never take me to society where half of the people are held in silence. I hear the roar of women’s silence. I sense the rumble of their storm and feel the fury of their revolt” … Women hold up the other half of the sky ( Thomas Sankara, Women’s liberation and the African freedom struggle)