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Created by Eve Ensler, activist and author of the play The Vagina Monologues, the global movement V-Day aims at raising funds to combat violence against women. Last year, on the occasion of its 15th anniversary, V-Day invited one billion people – the number of women victims of violence across the world – to stand up and dance on 14 February. This year the campaign continues in 160 countries with a new focus on justice for survivors of violence. Major places like Trafalgar Square in London will become a dance floor to welcome the famous Break the chain dance.
Join the movement on 14 February 2014 to raise awareness on violence against women!
Interview with founder of V-Day movement, Eve Ensler
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia. On 20 December 2012 the United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution banning this practice. The FGM resolution urges countries to take all necessary measures, including enforcing legislation, raising awareness and allocating sufficient resources to protect women and girls from this form of violence.
On July 2013, a statistical report released by Unicef looked at 29 countries where FGM is practiced and observed a decrease in prevalence rates in half of the countries. In October 2013, the Kering Foundation participated to a conference organised by the association Excision parlons-en! and Unicef where the author of the Unicef report Claudia Cappa highlighted a general diminution in the support to the practice among men and women but called attention to the strong weight of social norms surrounding FGM and to the emergence of new form of practices particularly in Egypt.
On the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on February 6, Excision parlons-en! is organising the international symposium entitled “Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: the challenge of abandoning”. The Kering Foundation is proud to support the initiative that gathers specialists of FGM in the fields of health, law or social sciences to work on crossed solutions to end the practice. French Minister for Women’s Rights Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Claudia Cappa, author of Unicef statistical report on FGM or Khalidou Sy, National Coordinator of the NGO Tostan in Senegal are some of the invited speakers.
To date, more than 125 million women and girls have been victims of FGM in 29 countries from Africa and the Middle East. 30 million girls are still at risk to be victims in the next ten years. With many women and girls who were cut and currently live in Europe and many others that remain at risk, western countries are also concerned by this harmful traditional practice. FGM must be tackled from a holistic and transnational approach to hope for an end of the practice.
In order to raise awareness of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, Stella McCartney designed a special White Ribbon for Women badge in partnership with the Kering Foundation. At the end of November 2013, a limited edition metal badge was given to every customer in 60 flagship stores of Kering Luxury Brands in Europe. At the same time, all Internet users could share the badge virtually using Twibbon to spread the word.
Customers in participating stores were pleased to support the campaign by wearing the badge and found the initiative powerful. On social media, the support from Kering brands, the involvement of many individual supporters and of several celebrities, like actress Liv Tyler, top model Liu Wen and British singer Adele, played a key role in making this second edition a success. Last year 15 million people in total were reached by the campaign. This year, the number has gone up to 55 million people, among which more than 16 million in China alone!
Thanks to this great mobilisation, the Kering Foundation contributed to raise awareness of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women for a greater visibility around this issue that strikes 1 in 3 women in her lifetime around the world. We are counting on your involvement in November 2014!
Awareness must be strengthened every day to end Violence against Women.
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On the occasion of November 25, the date of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Kering Foundation's partner "Fédération Nationale Solidarité Femmes" (FNSF) made a short film called "The Phone" to raise awareness of domestic violence. The big French TV channels TF1 and France Télévisions will broadcast the spot from next week on and around March 8, on International Women's Day.
Each year, Solidarité Femmes associations supports more than 30,000 women in France and houses 6000 women and children.
"Trust Women is all about action. I founded Trust Women specifically to bring experts together to collaborate and produce tangible solutions to the most pressing issues facing women and girls around the world today. Investing in women’s and girl’s advancement is one of the most effective ways to improve the economic and social conditions of people and communities globally".
Monique Villa CEO Thomson Reuters Foundation
Trust Women is the preeminent global women’s rights event which aims to empower women to know and defend their rights. Global leaders in law, finance, business, government and non-profits convene with experts and activists representing the US, UK, EMEA, Africa and Asia to develop strategic commitments towards solving critical women’s rights issues.
Unlike many other events focused on women’s rights, Trust Women forges strategic commitments to empower women to know and defend their rights. Trust Women drives innovation and strategic partnerships by connecting those working to promote women’s rights with the legal expertise and the financial, technological and educational resources they need to achieve results.
Over 450 global leaders from 40 countries attended the second annual Trust Women Conference in London 3-4 December. In addition to the 450 delegates, over one thousand people followed the event online.
Indeed this year's conference featured a range of high-profile speakers who brought their knowledge, influence and experience to the debate. Among them: UK Home Secretary Theresa May, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino, New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance; Queen Noor, Cherie Blair, Christy Turlington Burns, and Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) Sima Samar. Delegates committed to nineteen key actions to help empower women globally, including plans to create a global human trafficking hotline and a legal network to end forced sterilization.
Media from all over the globe attended Trust Women 2013 to cover the conference. There were over 30 journalists on site from the UK, US, Norway, France, and Italy.
"Attending Trust women was a truly enriching experience: high-level experts, committed speakers and a victim oriented approach for concrete impact! A really efficient and very well organized gathering benefiting women’s causes worldwide, with the Ferite a morte performance as a very special moment".
Céline Bonnaire Kering Corporate Foundation Executive Director