Marcia Lewinson -Chief Executive, Women Acting in Today’s Society

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A presentation made on the 9th December by Marcia Lewinson at the Womens' Federation for World Peace session of the 'Commemorating Human Rights Day 2011: How Far Have We Progressed?' conference.

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Women Acting In Today's Society Marcia Lewinson CEO:

Women Acting In Today's Society Marcia Lewinson CEO

Women's Empowerment and Human Rights :

Women's Empowerment and Human Rights Ceo Women Acting In Today Society NGO in Birmingham A Women's Educational charity established in 1993 celebrating this year our 18 Anniversary I WAITS Launch of Popp Tool Single Parent Tool Kit Birmingham 2008 Speaker Dr Mashuq Ally Head Equality and Diversity Birmingham City Council

Women's Empowerment and Human Rights :

Women's Empowerment and Human Rights Women's empowerment is essential in order for women to obtain their basic Human rights Examples of Human Rights Violations Today One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime Domestic Abuse 14,382 BAME Women suffered DA total 33,813 In Birmingham Police OCU stats 2009 *

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Women's Empowerment and Human Rights Women's empowerment is essential in order for women to obtain their basic Human rights Con't Human Rights Violations Today: Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Women who suffer abuse are subjected to torture, cruelty and degrading treatment or punishment.* FGM consultation with Midwives

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Women's empowerment is essential in order for women to obtain their basic Human rights Examples of Human Rights Violations Today Article 25 Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection. From 2012 lone parents with children over five will be required to move from Income Support to JSA and therefore be actively seeking work*

Women's Empowerment and Human Rights :

Women's Empowerment and Human Rights To address the imbalance we delivers the following activities : Empowering Women Women’s Support and Development Community Integration Project We support women to 1. Overcome issues and move forward in their lives 2. Consult on issues effecting themselves and communities Provide training to women's groups in areas of :- Domestic Abuse Training Life skills Leadership Community Organising Represents women at Local and National Strategic Forums

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Women's Empowerment and Human Rights Realising women’s rights and empowerment brings huge development benefits, not only for women, but for their families and communities, indeed society as a whole. The empowerment of women unlocks a vast reserve of potential for human development. History has shown incontrovertibly that the empowerment of women is the single most effective tool for economic and social development at the national and global levels . EVERGREEN Chinese Women Support Domestic Abuse website design training

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THANK YOU WAITS utilises the inherent skills of women and our ability to network, mobilise and be creative in order to make change for women, their families and communities