Posts Tagged ‘violence against women’

Violence against women and girls is an epidemic of global proportions. Transcending geographic borders, economic and social class, religion and ethnicity, violence impacts women of all ages, in all communities around the world.

From domestic violence to sexual harassment, human trafficking to harmful practices such as female genital mutilation/cutting, far too many women in far too many places face violence or threats of violence on a daily basis. Today, estimates show that nearly 1 in 3 women has experienced some form of physical and/or sexual violence – an astounding and unacceptable statistic and one of the most challenging barriers to women’s full participation.

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You would have to be a long-time reader at this blog to remember this post from more than three years ago.


Tragedy Strikes Women’s Rights Advocate Up Close and Personal: Her Daughter is Shot.

December 21, 2008 by still4hill |

… I woke up to this news the morning after it happened in a neighboring town. I had no idea that her mother was someone I knew from the blogs and Blog Talk Radio. This is cross-posted from Freemenow.

Louisa Rodas, the daughter of outspoken women’s rights advocate Betty Jean Kling was shot in the head the evening of December 15th, 2008 as reported HERE and HERE and HERE. In Betty Jean’s Blogspot, Freemenow, she writes: “She has less than a 50/50 chance of surviving and if she does, she will have one eye, one ear, a half of a head and be paralyzed on one side-we have no idea how much brain damage.”

Betty Jean’s daughters Denise & Louisa

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Not long after the incident, Louisa’s sister Denise succumbed to cancer.  Louisa was in the hospital for a long time and then went into rehab.  She will never be the same.

I just received an email from a friend and would like to share it here.  Please write letters and ask for a long sentence for the man who shattered this family.


Many of you know BettyJean. BettyJean needs people to write letters to the Judge in NJ on her daughter’s behalf. Louisa Rodas, BettyJean’s daughter, was the victim of domestic violence.
George Hartwig, the man who shot Louisa is being sentenced at the end of this month. He needs to be sentenced harshly. The deadline is Jan. 27. She has less than thirty letters written to the judge. You can even just hand write a letter and send it on Tuesday.
Let’s get her hundreds of letters.
Please, take a moment and think of people who will write letters and ask them.
More information:
This is an article about George Hartwig in Court: http://www.northjersey.com/news/HARTWIG.html?page=all
This is what Betty Jean wrote to me today in response to my questions:

Q: Is the letter to ask judge to put him away for good?

A: No not forever- just not the minimum sentencing. We want 40 years.


That is how long Louisa will suffer in the  condition he left her in.

They need to see this link!

Here is the address to send your letter;
Judge Liliana S. DeAvila-Silebi
Bergen County Justice Court
10 Main Street Hackensack,
New Jersey 07601
Thank you very much for reading this,

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“Elimination of Violence Against Women” Day

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
November 25, 2009

“Today, a woman somewhere in the United States will be physically assaulted by her husband. In a remote village on the other side of the world, traffickers will lure a young girl away from her family and sell her into sexual slavery. In towns in every region of the globe, groups of men will harass young women as they attempt to go to school. And in a conflict-ravaged land, armed men will brutally rape a mother and her daughter, part of a deliberate strategy of war. Today and every day, women and girls all over the world will face violence simply because they are female. This gender-based violence not only harms the victims and their families, it shreds the fabric that weaves us together as human beings.

“Violence against women cannot be accepted as ‘cultural’ — it is criminal. Today, as we mark Elimination of Violence Against Women Day, let us recommit ourselves – men and women in every country – to work together to end these atrocities, to hold those who commit them accountable, and to support the survivors. No woman or girl anywhere in the world should have to walk in fear or live under the threat of violence.

“When women are accorded their rights and afforded equal opportunities in education, health care, employment, and political participation, they drive social and economic progress. They lift up themselves, their communities, and their nations. But none of these benefits is possible unless girls are able to learn without fear and women are able to have autonomy and decision-making over their own lives, and those are the very things that violence and the fear of violence take away.

“The United States will continue to stand with women around the world to ensure that their rights are protected and respected, and that they have the opportunity to pursue an education, find a good job, live in safety and fulfill their own God-given potential.”

The Obama Administration has made women’s empowerment a core pillar of American foreign policy. Earlier this year, the President appointed Melanne Verveer to be the first ever Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. In August, Secretary Clinton traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo to shine a spotlight on the use of rape as a tactic of war. And in September, she chaired a United Nations Security Council session that passed Resolution 1888 to prevent and respond to sexual violence in armed conflict.

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