[16days_discussion] 16 days campaign theme consultation 2007: The Challenges that we face (breast cancer)

Bernedette Muthien bmuthien at icon.co.za
Mon Jun 25 04:47:33 EDT 2007

Dear sisterfriends


I am writing from Cape Town, South Africa, from a country where neo-liberal
structural adjustment programmes have wreaked havoc with, among others, our
healthcare system, education, social services.


We are meant to be one of the most progressive countries in the world, and
our leaders are feted at A-list parties the world over. Yet women - and let
me restate that to be clearer: poor black women (women of colour) – are
dying of easily preventable diseases like the various cancers that afflict
us in the modern era.


This because routing testing and screening for the various cancers or their
‘precursors’ (like HPV & cervical cancer, or mammograms) are largely
unavailable to poor black women. Even when we know we should be getting
screened, we can’t afford it.


A small group of black woman scholar-activists here, precipitated by my
sister’s mastectomy, are currently discussing why more and more black women
in our country are getting cancer, and included are discussions of
oestrogens that are routinely added to livestock that we then ingest
(organic? Get real; people can barely afford chemicalised food, let alone
the luxuries of organic). Now perhaps one can understand why radical women
like Patricia McFadden are vegan.


So our environments and the food we ingest are routinely polluted. And our
bodies suffer while we have no access to health care services, education
about the importance of screening, and preventative measures, etc.


Men scientists have been studying prostate cancer and staring at each
other’s phalluses ad nauseum, while breast cancer & cervical cancer remain


This to me is gender-based violence. I would like it named as GBV. I would
like it campaigned against as GBV. I would like it addressed and ended.


With compassionate rage,



Bernedette Muthien

Executive Director


Engender, registered NPO

Tel & Fax: +27-21-4482112

Mobile: +27-83-3450552

Email: info at engender.org.za

Website: www.engender.org.za

Address: PO Box 12992, Mowbray, 7705, Cape Town, South Africa




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Subject: [16days_discussion] 16 days campaign theme consultation 2007:
TheChallenges that you face


Dear Friends, 

Thank you for all of your suggestion and ideas!

To allow time for more activists and organizations to share their
experiences with us, the consultation will remain open until the end of the
day on Tuesday 26 June. We especially request activists and organizations to
share with us the challenges you face while working to prevent violence
against women.

Please email us by Tuesday 26 June, we look forward to using your feedback
when finalizing the theme for the 16 days campaign against gender based
violence for 2007.

Many Thanks


Consultation on 2007 16 Days Campaign Theme: Demanding Implementation,
Challenging Obstacles
As activists working to prevent violence against women, we all face
obstacles and challenges to our work. These obstacles may include a lack of
implementation of gender-sensitive policies, resource constraints or even
backlash from our communities. As a movement, it is important to identify
what challenges we face and how to overcome them in order to move forward
effectively and collectively in our efforts. The 16 Days campaign is one
vehicle that we can use to speak out, challenge obstacles and make our
demands known!

This year's campaign will seek to demand implementation by challenging those
obstacles that stand in the way of realizing an environment where women are
free from violence- including those obstacles that we as activists face when
trying to move forward in our work. Like previous years, this campaign also
seeks to recognize the widespread efforts being undertaken on the issue of
violence, especially in the areas of implementation and prevention work.

As we begin the consultation for the 16 Days campaign theme, CWGL invites
you to share what you feel are the most important challenges and obstacles
that hinder you/your organization from being able to effectively move
forward in your work on preventing violence against women. Please share with
us any resource materials or fact sheets you have put together on this issue
and help us decide our campaign slogan by sending us your ideas, suggestions
and comments.  See slogans below for examples from previous years.

As we are eager to begin preparations for the campaign we request that you
send us your feedback by Friday, June 22nd.

Many thanks,



The Annual 16 Days Theme

Every year, CWGL composes a campaign theme in consultation with women's
human rights advocates worldwide and then circulates an announcement for the
campaign as widely as possible. Over the years, campaign themes have
1991/1992 Violence Against Women Violates Human Rights 
1993 Democracy without Women's Human Rights . . . is not Democracy
1994 Awareness, Accountability, Action: Violence Against Women Violates
Human Rights 
1995 Vienna, Cairo, Copenhagen and Beijing: Bringing Women's Human Rights
1997 Demand Women's Human Rights in the Home and in the World
1998 Building a Culture of Respect for Human Rights 
1999 Fulfilling the Promise of Freedom from Violence 
2000 Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of the Campaign
2001 Racism and Sexism: No More Violence
2002 Creating a Culture That Says 'No' to Violence Against Women 
2003 Violence Against Women Violates Human Rights: Maintaining the Momentum
Ten Years After Vienna (1993-2003) 
2004-2005 For the Health of Women, For the Health of the World: No More
2006 Celebrate 16 Years of 16 Days: Advance Human Rights ‹­› End Violence
Against Women 

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