OTTAWA, March 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Recent global outrage and renewed interest
has laid the foundation for major advancements in women's rights.
International Women's Day 2013 is the chance for Canadians to decide if
they are going to join the movement, or let the opportunity slip away,
MATCH International said today.
"Canadians have historically engaged at a very deep level in the women's
rights movement both here at home and across the globe," said MATCH
International Executive Director Jessica Tomlin. "If we are indeed at
the tipping point for a more equal reality for men and women, what side
of history will Canadians find themselves on once this moment has
There have been some remarkable international high level commitments
recently. We have seen global reaction to violent acts against women,
including of the gang rape of a University student in India and the
attempted assassination of 15-year-old anti-Taliban crusader Malala
Yousafzai in Pakistan. On Valentine's Day, one billion women men and
children danced in protest of violence against women. Young women
across the world are charting a new course to advocate for their rights
using social media and technology.
Despite these movements, women in the world continue to face grave
challenges. In the DRC- which is known as the worst country in the
world to be a woman - 60 per cent of rape survivors were gang raped by
armed men. In South Asia, women face the constant threat of acid
throwing, honour killings and dowry deaths. The insurgency in Northern
Mali is believed to be responsible for 211 reported cases of rape, with
countless more presumed unreported.
"We feel strongly that Canada has a greater role to play in advocating
for what is just," said Tomlin. "Canadians can be supporting the women
who are leading this movement across the globe and demanding that
countries of wealth, such as ours, do whatever it takes to ensure this
'moment' is indeed a tipping point for a more equal world."
MATCH International is a Canadian international organization that has
been working with women's rights organizations in the Global South for
more than 37 years.
SOURCE: MATCH International
For further information:
Jess Tomlin, Executive Director, 613-979-7478 (mobile), firstname.lastname@example.org