Urgent Action

Demand  Release of Women’s Rights Activists in China

Five young women activists have been criminally detained in China on suspicion of ‘picking quarrels and provoking troubles’ after planning events calling for an end to sexual harassment to mark International Women’s Day. They could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

Wei Tingting, Wang Man, Li Tingting (aka Li Maizi) and Zheng Churan (aka Da Tu) were detained by police on 6 March and Wu Rongrong the following day. On 12 March they were criminally detained on suspicion of ‘picking quarrels and provoking troubles’, a charge often used in China to suppress human rights defenders and activists and which can lead to a sentence of up to five years in prison. The authorities can now hold the women for up to 37 days before deciding whether to formally charge them. A lawyer was able to visit them for the first time on 12 March at Haidian Police Station in Beijing, after previously being told they were not being held there.

The authorities confiscated the women’s computers, phones, and materials for events they were planning to mark International Women’s Day. Police also raided Weizhiming Women Center office in Hangzhou, a women’s rights NGO that Wu Rongrong founded and where Zheng Churan and Li Tingting are staff.

All of the women are members of Women’s Rights Action Group which advocates women’s rights and campaigns against gender discrimination. Some of them also work on LGBTI issues. They were planning to hold public events calling for an end to sexual harassment on public transportation in several cities in China on 7 March. They had made stickers printed with “Stop sexual harassment, let us stay safe” and “Go police go, arrest those who committed sexual harassment!” which they planned to distribute at the events.

Find the petition from Amnesty International USA and the addresses to write to here.


2014 – 2015: Launch of the global Call to Action to end violence against women and girls

In 2014 and 2015 the GBV Prevention Network in partnership with organizations across the Horn, East and Southern Africa will take part in the global launch of a Call to Action to end violence against women and girls. This is in conjunction with the publication of The Lancet Series: Violence against women and girls – which was published on November 21, 2014.

See below a list of some of the organizations who will particpate in the launch of the Call to Action. Wherever you are in the world, if you would like to take part in the launch of the Call to Action, in 2014/2015, please see the contact information at the end of the page.

Dates of the launches (in 2014 and 2015) will be announced soon. The Call to Action is available in English, French, Spanish, and Chinese.

Some of the organizations participating in the launch of the global Call to Action in the Horn, East and Southern Africa are:

1. LVCT – Kenya

2. IGAD Secretariat – Djibouti

3. FEMNET – Kenya

4. Si Jeunesse Savait – Democratic Republic of Congo

5. Malawi Human Rights Resource Center (MHRRC) – Malawi

6. People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) – South Africa

7. Ecumenical Social Diaconate Action (ESDA) – Namibia

To find out more about how to join the global Call to Action please write to info@raisingvoices.org   

Free Egyptian Women Human Rights Defenders

Joint Statement Calling for the Release of Yara Sallam

Dear Colleagues,

This is a joint statement from attorneys worldwide calling for the release of human rights lawyer Yara Sallam and 22 of her colleagues who were arrested and sentenced to three years imprisonment, three years probation and a fine for challenging the draconian Egyptian protest law, Law No. 107 of 2013. On December 28, 2014 Yara’s sentence was reduced to two years imprisonment. After reading this statement, we request that you add your name, nationality and then circulate this online petition to your colleagues, in solidarity. This letter will be sent to our the foreign ministries of our respective governments, the Egyptian Ambassador to the United States of America, and the ambassadors to the United Nations of our respective governments.

Read and sign the full petition here

Take action to Orange your day

The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, managed by UN Women, has proclaimed every 25th of the month as “Orange Day” – a day to take action to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and girls. Initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign Global Youth Network, Orange Day calls upon activists, governments and UN partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year, on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), but every month. Read more here. 

Source: UNwomen

Take Action Now! Join Equality Now’s efforts to Bring Back Our Girls!

Equality Now and their Nigerian partners – Women’s Rights Advancement & Protection Alternative, Echoes of Women in Africa, Women for Justice & Peace and Alliances for Africa – have identified officials in Nigeria who should have the resources to find and return the girls to their families. Please join us today in calling on them and the Governments of Cameroon and Chad, where allegedly, some of the girls were transported and sold, to Bring Back Our Girls!


Share this petition on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere—look for the sharing tools at the top of the action page. Also continue to re-tweet and share messages from our Twitter or Facebook pages in the global #BringBackOurGirls campaign.

Please click on the following link for further information:

Join the Post 2015 debate and discussions across the world and advocate for the prioritization of preventing violence against women!

The debate on what should follow the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015 is currently underway.  There is a new meeting, report or conference on the subject somewhere in the world almost every day.  Trying to keep track of what the key players are thinking, writing and saying is becoming increasingly difficult.

This post2015.org website and the @post2015 Twitter account bring together the key documents, reports and ongoing research on the post-2015 agenda, with regular updates on events and briefings about the emerging agenda.

The post-2015.org site and @post2015 twitter feed are co-ordinated by the Overseas Development Institute, who have a major research programme on the post-2015 agenda.  We welcome information about new research, policy papers or other relevant material to put on the site, and contributions to our post-2015 blog and discussion. Please contact info@post-2015.org if you have resources to share, would like to write for the site or be added to our list of linked Twitter accounts so that we can Retweet your #post2015 tweets.

Have an announcement or want to boost a call to action for a VAW emergency in your area? Contact us at info@preventgbvafrica.org