A new study by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) shows that community-based interventions aimed at halting violence against women can yield significant results, the agency said today. Rape in Mauritania, domestic violence in Mexico and Romania, child marriage in Bangladesh, and female genital mutilation or cutting in Kenya are just a few of the abuses explored in “Programming to Address Violence Against Women,” which offers 10 case studies that show how carefully targeted and planned interventions can actually reduce gender-based violence, the agency said. “What is unusual about this manual is that we have actually demonstrated how entire communities can change their attitudes to violence against women as a result of a few, specifically targeted interventions,” said UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid in a news release. “In many of these cases, the extent of violence against women was so prevalent and so entrenched that it first seemed impossible to budge the prevailing mindset,” she said. “What we learned is that persistent advocacy targeting community leaders and the larger public can bring about huge changes in a relatively short time.” The lessons from the 10 case studies are distilled in a companion booklet, Ending Violence Against Women: Programming for Prevention, Protection and Care, as well as an online multimedia exhibit. “Communities can and will change, but the dire consequences associated with gender-based violence constitute a human emergency that requires global and local action,” said Ms. Obaid. “We need to treat it as such.” 26 February 2007A new study by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) shows that community-based interventions aimed at halting violence against women can yield significant results, the agency said today. read more

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Sodexo chefs will go head-to-head in a soup competition judged by you during the annual Souper Star lunch for the United Way.The event takes place Oct. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in Market Hall.For $10 you get to sample six soups and judge your favourite. Tickets are available in the Campus Store.Deans from each faculty will be serving the soup. Once you’ve sampled them all, you’ll get to vote for the tastiest. The winning soup and Dean who served it receive the coveted Souper Bowl.Bring your completed United Way pledge form to the lunch and you’ll be entered into a draw to win an Antipastos di Roma gift basket.To learn more about Brock University’s United Way campaign and United Way’s impact in Niagara visit brocku.ca/united-way read more

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