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Newsletter Spring Edition 2014

Dear Partners and F​riends,

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2014. We are happy to inform you of what we wish to accomplish this year. Over the past 23 years, we have introduced many initiatives and we need your support to ensure that our dream – a world that works for all – will become a reality.

WWSF Women's Section Programs
-   2014 Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life (20th anniversary this year)
-   International Day of Rural Women, 15 October â€“ A time to give credit where it's due
-   Swiss White Ribbon Campaign â€“ Join in transformative activities to end violence against women and girls

WWSF Children-Youth Section Programs
-   19 Days of  Activism for prevention of violence against children & youth 1-19 November  
-   Annual Prize for innovative prevention activities
- – Mobilizing youth for violence prevention

The purpose of our newsletters is to continue creating partnerships and to inspire action for change. 

Warm greetings from the Geneva WWSF Team
Elly Pradervand, Founder and Executive Director 

Call to Action! Discover our programs, share the newsletter and visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

WWSF Women's Section Programs

WWSF Children-Youth Section Programs

WWSF Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural Life: 2014 Call for Nominations

This year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the prize program with over 400 laureates awarded to-date. We will again select 10 prizewinners who will honored for their important service, and presented on our website

Call to Action! Nominate candidates and help us continue to find our sisters active in all corners of the world. 

Annual Campaign: 19 Days of Activism for prevention of violence against children and youth 1- 19 November

The 2013 edition of the 19 Days campaign mobilized 240 organizations in 89 countries that registered their activities online for all to see their action plans. The 2013 Global Impact Report is online.

We continue to be empowered by the many reports of local and national activities that highlight innovative initiatives that mobilize people to commit to respect the rights of the child.

15 October - International Day of Rural Women

We will continue connecting with our prizewinners and the many partners in our network by sending them our 2014 Open Letter to Rural Women of the World (theme to be decided upon). All our past Letters are published on our website.

Call to Action! Share the Day and continue to create visibility for rural women’s contributions and their rights to development and peace.

2014 Call to Action and Prevention Kit: Ending Violence Against Children & Youth 

The 2014 Call to Action and Prevention Kit are in preparation and will be announced on our website as of May 2014.

Every year we propose 19 campaign themes to help launch local and national prevention activities for the active participation of youth, adults, NGOs, media and governments.

White Ribbon - Swiss Campaign

The Swiss campaign continues to mobilize men and boys, but also women and girls, to pledge not to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.

Our new webmaster is revamping our website and keeping it up to date with videos of our public awareness-raising events, sports clubs propositions, links to men advocating for gender equality, order forms for materials, press releases and news coverage.

Call to Action! Become a member, join the conversation and speak out for equality and peace.

WWSF Prize for innovative prevention activities by registered members

WWSF awarded in 2013 six laureate organizations for their creativity and efforts in launching meaningful public education and awareness measures for the prevention of violence against children and youth.

Call to Action! Commit to act and help build a world fit for children and youth. Join the 19 Days of Activism campaign and share your good works!

WWSF participates in the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) #58 
10-23 March 2014

The 58th Session of the UN CSW in New York will identify the challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls. The CSW affirms that the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women provides an international legal framework and a comprehensive set of measures for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and girls and the promotion of gender equality.

Call to Action! Check out the UN Women website!


Do visit our revamped website, which has as its purpose to mobilize youth to help prevent violence against children and young people. Young people are key for creating a culture for the prevention of violence. A special Prize is in the making for youth champions active during the 19 Days of Activism campaign.

Call to Action! Write a blog on the website and share it with your friends! Visit us on Facebook and Twitter!

Geneva NGO FORUM - Beijing +20 in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission of Europe Regional Review 

The Geneva NGO Committee on the Status of Women and its partner organizations are in charge of organizing the NGO Review Forum that will bring together the voices of civil society in the 56 ECE countries and contribute critical input and recommendations to the ECE review meeting on the following days.

The Geneva NGO Forum will examine the 12 critical areas of concern outlined in the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action in order to review progress made, and the remaining gaps and existing challenges. The Forum will also identify emerging women’s issues brought on by a changing world and seek government accountability for their commitments made to women’s rights, equality and empowerment initiatives.

Call to Action! Mark your calendar and be part of the Geneva Geneva Beijing+20 Review process! More information and registration details will follow soon. Please visit or contact Share this information with relevant partners and networks!

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About Us:
WWSF – Womenʼs World Summit Foundation, an international, not-for-profit, lay, non-governmental organization (INGO) with UN consultative status (ECOSOC, UNFPA, DPI), serves the advancement of womenʼs and childrenʼs rights and the UN development agenda. 
Call to Action! Share the e-Newsletter with your partners and friends! Together we can achieve what no one can do alone and create a world where everyone cares and shares, and where human rights are respected in all societies. Recognizing that financial resources are necessary to make change happen, we thank you for supporting the WWSF vision and programmes to create a world that works for everyone. 
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Newsletter editing team: Elly Pradervand, Rafaela Schmid

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