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On August 10, 2012, President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order on Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls Globally to advance the rights and status of women and girls, to promote gender equality in U.S. foreign policy, and to bring about a world in which all individuals can pursue their aspirations without the threat of violence.

Violence against women and girls cuts across ethnicity, race, class, religion, education level, and international borders. Although statistics on the prevalence of violence vary, the scale is tremendous, the scope is vast, and the consequences for individuals, families, communities, and countries are devastating.

An estimated one in three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Intimate partner violence is the most common form of violence experienced by women globally. Other forms of violence include human trafficking and, sexual violence (including its use as a tactic of war), and harmful traditional practices, such as early and forced marriage, female genital mutilation/cutting, and "honor" killings.

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Ivonne Ortiz, Alianza's Training & Technical Assistance Coordinator, will be conducting a workshop in the Culture and Domestic Violence Section entitled Si Podemos-Latinas Surviving and Thriving: Economic Independence and the Latina Survivor. She will be joined by DV survivor and activist Dawn Maestas, who is part of Alianza's Economic Independence for Survivors of Domestic Violence project. Jerry Tello, Alianza Training & Technical Assistance Consultant, is a featured speaker in the plenary session entitled The Impact and Effects of Violence on Children.

peaceAlianza would like to introduce you to the Let Go...Let Peace Come In Foundation, a nonprofit with a mission to create awareness about and help heal and support adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their loved ones, worldwide. Their website proves links to resources for survivors, family & friends, colleagues, professionals and other invaluable information.

With an estimated 60 million survivors of sexual abuse and trauma in the United States and hundreds of millions worldwide, it is imperative that we all help to shed light on how these perpetrations have shaped the behaviors of victims throughout their adulthood and why each survivor needs support and help to enter recovery and begin their healing journey.

The mission of Let Go, Let Peace Come In is to bring healing, support, and awareness to the hundreds of millions of adult childhood sexual abuse survivors and their families worldwide. Their aim is to enact change within the healthcare systems, political systems, and societies by teaching and educating through current technologies—to weave their message of peace, hope, recovery and happiness into the fabric of these societies by integrating published materials with video, audio and Internet media throughout the world. They also collect donations to provide the financial assistance necessary to start survivors of childhood sexual abuse on the path to recovery "one" survivor at a time.

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The month of April has been designated as Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. It is a time to raise awareness about the prevalence and devastating effects of these behaviors and crimes, and to educate individuals, families, and communities about what they can do to prevent and put a stop to them.

Creating public awareness is an important first step in preventing child abuse and neglect and sexual assault.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual assault/violence. The 2012 SAAM campaign provides tools and resources that focus on promoting positive expressions of sexuality and healthy behaviors. Promoting healthy behaviors encourages sexual interactions and relationships that are consensual, respectful and informed. By starting the conversation, this dialogue can build safe, healthy relationships and communities. This primary prevention approach helps to create environments where people are safe in their relationships, families, neighborhoods, schools, work places and communities.

On the SAAM site, http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/current-campaign you will find information and materials in English and Spanish. Local organizations can tailor the campaign materials to their local communities.

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iwd_5Annually on 8 March, International Women's Day is celebrated worldwide by the United Nations and thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

The first International Women's Day was held March 19, 1911. The event grew from there and has been celebrated annually since. The focus is upon women workers, and advancing women's rights in the workforce, politics and society.

Over the years, IWD has increased in status with many global corporations running their own internal events or supporting external ones. The United States designates the whole month of March as Women's History Month.

So make a difference, think globally and act locally!! Make every day International Women's Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding. Global Calendar of Events

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