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05.02.2017

34,000 Soroptimists Demand Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

6 February as International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM

Despite all the awareness-raising efforts since the United Nations adopted 6 February as International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in 2012, some 3 million girls are still subjected to this brutal practice every year. According to statistics published by UNICEF in September 2016, at least 200 million women and girls in the world today are living with the consequences of female genital mutilation, which include lifelong injuries, obstructions in childbirth and increased risk of infant deaths, as well as grave psychological harm.

(c) google search pictures
(c) google search pictures

As UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri remarked at the US National Summit on Female Genital Mutilation on 2 December 2016 in Washington, eliminating FGM is an essential step to realising other Sustainable Development Goals. ‘At UN Women, we believe that harmful practices such as FGM ….. need to be treated through a holistic and comprehensive approach to all forms of violence, with a focus on prevention.’

The 34,000 women in business and professions across 62 countries in Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Africa who make up Soroptimist International of Europe agree and stand united in demanding zero tolerance towards FGM. As a human rights issue, FGM is condemned by a number of international treaties and conventions. Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that ‘everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for health and well-being’, and as such, FGM/C violates the right to health and bodily integrity. The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women can be invoked because FGM is clearly a case of violence against women and girls. As a form of torture it falls under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Moreover, since FGM is considered a traditional practice detrimental to the health of girls and is, in most instances, performed on minors, it violates the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

While Soroptimists welcome legislation banning FGM, evidence shows that laws are often only the first step in the process of eliminating this cruel tradition. We therefore:
- Support the education of men and women alike on the dangers of FGM and the call to safeguard women’s basic human rights through the work of international institutions, governments and civil society.
- Call on all nations to sign and ratify the Istanbul Convention which identifies FGM as a serious form of violence against women and girls. Moreover, we appeal to those states where the practice is still condoned to pass legislation against it, and on states that have passed the relevant legislation to enforce its implementation and the prosecution of its perpetrators.
- Invite other members of civil society to join efforts to end all forms of violence against women and girls including female genital mutilation.
The Unions and Clubs of Soroptimist International of Europe have been improving the lives of women and girls for more than 90 years by implementing and/or funding thousands of practical projects. To combat FGM, for example, Soroptimists have:
- Raised funds for a childbirth clinic for genitally mutilated women and girls of the Afar Tribe in Ethiopia.
- Provided access to reconstructive surgery to women having undergone FGM in Burkina Faso.
- Financed a shelter for women and girls in Tanzania who have escaped violence, including FGM.
- Supported an association in Burkina Faso dedicated to the prevention of FGM by funding the training of a social worker whose role it is to educate thousands of people in the rural areas on the dangers and negative health implications of FGM.
- Supported the education of the most vulnerable people in the most exposed regions of the world.
In summary, Soroptimist International of Europe and its 34,000 members condemn all forms of violence against women, in general, and FGM, in particular. We call for the full eradication of this form of violence, not only in the letter of the law but also in practice, in all countries where it exists.
For more information, please contact Soroptimist International of Europe Executive Director Meltem Zourdos at <a href="mailto:  meltem.zourdos@soroptimisteurope.org  ">  meltem.zourdos@soroptimisteurope.org </a>

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02.02.2017

Kinoabend SUFFRAGETTE

Wanderkino - (Eintritt freie Spende)

In Kooperation mit der Bücherei Kierling und "EU XXL - Die Reihe" lädt der Soroptimist Club Klosterneuburg anlässlich des Internationalen Frauentages zu einer Vorführung des Films

„Fesselnd wie ein Thrlller erzählt SUFFRAGETTE die spannende und inspirierende Geschichte der jungen Maud und ihres Kampfes um Würde und Selbstbestimmung. Ein Film über Frauen, die die Welt veränderten…“

am Mittwoch, den 8.3.2017 - um 19 Uhr zum Filmabend im Veranstaltungsraum der Bücherei Kierling - Haus im Grünen, Kierling Hauptstr. 114

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26.01.2017

Frauen IntegrationsAward

Ausschreibung der European Union of Women

Gesucht werden innovative Projekte, die nachhaltig soziale Integration gelingen lassen.

(c) European Union of Women
(c) European Union of Women

Gesellschaftliche Integration braucht Teilhabe und Mitgestaltung an der Gesellschaft. Um Parallelgesellschaften, also die Bildung von Gruppen, die ausschließlich unter sich bleiben wollen, zu vermeiden, bedarf es einer Besinnung auf die zentralen Werte, die Europa ausmachen: Rechtsstaatlichkeit, die Gleichstellung der Frau, Friede und Sicherheit.
Projekte, die sich dieser Aufgabe stellen und dabei Mädchen und Frauen als Zielgruppe haben, sollen durch den FrauenIntegrationsAward vor den Vorhang geholt werden.
Dieser Preis würdigt nicht nur bestehende Leistungen, sondern soll auch Ansporn für weitere Aktivitäten liefern und zeigen,  welche positiven Auswirkungen gelungene Integration auf das Leben aller Österreicherinnen und Österreicher hat. Gesucht werden innovative Projekte, die nachhaltig soziale Integration gelingen lassen.

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25.01.2017

Best Practice Awards 2017

Einladung zum Mitmachen

Es ist wieder soweit, die Ausschreibungen für den Best Practice Award 2017 wurde verschickt und Ihr seid alle eingeladen, ein Projekt Eures Clubs dafür einzureichen.

SIE Best Practice Award - (c) Kipper
SIE Best Practice Award - (c) Kipper

Nützt bitte das angegebene Formular (Download im internen Bereich, Programme) dafür und schickt uns eine Kopie zur Info.

Wir hoffen, dass viele von Euch mitmachen und wir wieder einen Preis nach Österreich bringen, ähnlich wie 2014, als der Club Murau im Bereich „Educate to Lead“ für das Projekt „Sprache als Brücke zur Integration“ ausgezeichnet wurde. Die Einreichfrist endet am 20. März 2017.

Sabine Mach & Uschi Autengruber - Programm-Team der Union

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21.01.2017

Weltweiter Frauenprotest gegen Trump

Schutz und Weiterentwicklung der Menschenrechte

Anlässlich der Amtsübernahme Trumps fanden am 21. Jänner 2017 zahlreiche Protestmärsche in aller Welt statt – 2500 Menschen nahmen am Marsch in Wien teil.

(c) Women's March on Washington
(c) Women's March on Washington

Millions of people gathered in cities and towns across the world, to stand together for human rights. This is more than just a single day of
action, this is the beginning of a movement to protect, defend and advance human rights, even in the face of adversity.
(c) Women's March on Washington

Unter dem Hashtag #WhyIMarch twittern Frauen und Männer weltweit, warum sie sich der Protestbewegung anschließen. #WhyIMarch #WomensMarchOnNJ pic.twitter.com/mpdV0GGxdU — WomensMarchonNJ&nbsp; (@WomensMarchonNJ)
2.500 Menschen demonstrierten laut Polizeiangaben beim Women's March in Wien . "Es geht nicht nur um Protest gegen Trump konkret, sondern um Menschenrechte und Minderheitenrechte", sagte Caroline Kirkpatrick, die Organisatorin des Wiener Marsches. Die Women's Marches seien ein globales Zeichen der Solidarität mit jenen Bevölkerungsgruppen, die von Hass, Intoleranz und Gewalt betroffen sind.
 - (c) derstandard.at/2000051281513/Weltweit-Demonstrationen-gegen-Trump

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