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Curamericas Participates in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign
December 11, 2012
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Curamericas Global participated in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign by writing for a blog series run by the Triangle Global Health Consortium (TGHC)Gender Working Group.

Program Manager Erin Pfeiffer shared a true story of gender-violence toward a 12 year-old girl in Guatemala who was forced to marry young and was refused permission to use contraception from her husband’s family.  Our skilled Casa Materna staff were able to guide her safely through a high-risk pregnancy despite the dangerous odds against her.

Other blog posts have been written by professionals working in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, international gender and health issues, and in a variety of other related capacities.  Since its inception in 1991, the 16 Days Campaign has drawn individual and community focus to gender-based violence (GBV) - its scope and prevalence, its root causes, its many forms, and the solutions for addressing and ending GBV at the international, national and individual levels.  

Having begun on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25), and run through World AIDS Day (December 1) and concluding on International Human Rights Day (December 10), the goal of this campaign is to raise awareness that freedom from violence is a human right. Through this effort to raise awareness of gender-based violence, to advance the dialogue and to advocate for solutions, we add our collective voice to the voices of so many others around the country and around the world, calling for an end gender-based violence. 

The blog series can be read hereor via Twitter, @TriGWG. 

Thanks to TGHC and the Gender Working Group for the opportunity to participate and make a difference.  Contact Curamericas or TGHC for more information.

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