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When the One Billion Rising campaign (http://onebillionrising.org/) went global on 14 February 2013, I was travelling. I therefore didn't have time to contribute directly to the commentary arising from this important event. But the agency I work for was definitely involved, I'm glad to say.
As my colleague Tanja Haque says: "At CAFOD, the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development, we have a very simple vision: a world free of violence, where laws protect and promote justice, perpetrators are held to account and people enjoy healthy and safe relationships. We believe in a world where the rights and dignity of every person are respected. We believe in gender justice and work through the Church and our other partners across the world to ensure that fewer people will suffer personal, communal or gender based violence in the future."
You can read her full article, 'Opposing violence against women: the struggle goes on', here: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/18092
And as #1BillionRising says: "One Billion Rising is the beginning of the new world ignited by a new energy. It is not the end of a struggle but the escalation of it. Now is the time to enact change. This is not an annual holiday, we are not waiting until 14 February 2014. Now is the time to harness the power of your activism to change the world."
* One Billion Rising on Ekklesia: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/OneBillionRising
© Pascale Palmer is Senior Press Officer (Policy and Campaigns) for CAFOD (www.cafod.org.uk/), the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Follow her on Twitter here: @Pascale_PalmerTweet