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A Call to support the International Violence Against Women Act
By The Clarion Project
May 16, 2014 - 7:47:20 AM

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An Appeal from Clarion Project:

We need your help! It will take just a moment of your time.

In light of the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram, Clarion Project (www.clarionproject.org) is sending out this urgent request.

As horrifying as this story is, the reality is that violence against women worldwide is endemic. The use of rape as a weapon of war, systems of male guardianship that treat women as perpetual minors, so-called 'honor violence' and female genital mutilation are, for millions of women around the world, brutal realities.

We urge you to take action. We have prepared an email for you to send to your congressperson which calls on them to support the International Violence Against Women Act. What it will do is integrate gender-based violence prevention into US government policy overseas.

The email also calls upon Congress to screen Clarion Project's new award-winning film Honor Diaries on Capitol Hill. This will ensure that preventing violence against women remains a national priority.

Make your voice count! It should take less than a minute.

Click here to send your letter now.

The Clarion Project Team
Clarion Project I 501 Fifth Ave, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10017, USA


Editor's Note Magic City:

I opened the email containing this request after just having read an article titled: Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy. The last thing any western country should be doing is anything at all that supports those who institutionalize the abuse of women. Today at Magic City we also published an article from ACT! for America entitled: Application of Foreign Law in Courts bill signed into law. Both of these two articles are worth reading.

Excerpts from: Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy.

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, 27, is married to a Christian and eight months pregnant, human rights activists say.

Sudan has an Islamist government but, other than floggings, extreme sharia law punishments have been rare.

Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman told AFP earlier that Sudan is not unique in its law against apostasy.

"In Saudi Arabia, in all the Muslim countries, it is not allowed at all for a Muslim to change his religion," he said.

R.P. BenDedek
rpbendedek@hotmail.com


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