UU-UNO Women's Initiative in Light of International Human Rights Day

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My name is Nazli, and I am the Women's Initiative intern here at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO). As part of our series of posts on International Human Rights Day, I will uncover the works and efforts of the UU-UNO on or referring to international women's rights issues. Here, at the UU-UNO, our focus is to incorporate Unitarian Universalist (UU) principles along with the values of the United Nations (UN) into our efforts advocating collective fair treatment and global civil liberties. Guided by UU principles, the mission of the organization is to recognize and encourage the inherent worth and dignity of all living things. The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office staff and interns work hard on a number of varying programs that encompass universal unalienable rights and social justice violations, one of them being the Women’s Initiative. The Women’s Initiative program, concentrates on various aspects of human rights violations against women and girls. As an Intern of UU-UNO, I have been privileged to have the opportunity not only to work on a project where I can offer my own unique ideas and perspectives, but also design and propose panel discussions for events pertaining to UU-UNO and the UN. UU-UNO has a long-standing history of working with other organizations on various aspects of women's right, including the UN NGO Commission on the Status of Women (NGO CSW). UU-UNO has held impressively captivating panels at the NGO CSW Annual March Forum. The program has in the past worked on climate change issues and its global impacts on the maternal health of women and girls, highlighting the effects of rising sea levels on the daily lives of individuals living in waterside geographic locations and working in the agriculture. The program has also worked on issues of violence against women in reference to corrective rape and other types of physical and mental or emotional violations caused by attitudes and behaviors of the cultures and societies at hand. Future focal points of the Women’s Initiative program aim to shed further light on corrective rape of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender individuals in South Africa, gendercide in India and China, and the mental health crises of women regarding the aftermath of war. To attend the NGO CSW59 Beijing+20 Annual Forum held March 8-20, 2015, you can register in advance. To continue our infinite efforts in ending social inequality and achieving human rights, the UU-UNO needs the support of passionate humanitarians. If you would like to make a generous donation to our organization, you can do so here!