America's Unofficial Ambassadors

We work at the grassroots level throughout the Muslim World to counter violent extremism before it takes hold, to promote tolerance and understanding, and to foster better relations with the United States.

International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women 2014

On this day, we are called to observe the human rights violation of violence against women. Many women face discrimination and violence across the globe and today serves as a call to action to end violence against women and girls.

By Alison Muscato

America’s Unofficial Ambassadors is dedicated to eliminating violence against women. Not only is violence against women a violation of human rights, but it also impedes progress in many other areas such as poverty eradication, education, HIV/AIDS, and peace and security. AUA fights for human rights by partnering with grassroots organizations and schools in the Muslim World, to address key human development needs. Unofficial ambassadors work in areas of pressing human rights, including discrimination against and violence towards women.

Education plays a major role in ending the cycle of violence. One of our partner sites, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), is dedicated to improving educational opportunities and access for women and young girls. FAWE seeks to accomplish these goals by offering professional development initiatives for teachers, tuition assistance for orphans and students in need, and campaigns to promote education equity in local schools. Margaret Lamb, a student at Villanova, volunteered at FAWE for her Summer Service Internship placement during the summer of 2014. She worked on communications for FAWE, especially by managing their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Read more about her experience here.

Another important aspect of ending violence against women is research. Dian Interfidi is a non-profit in Indonesia which works to promote religious tolerance, resolve conflict and build peace among different faith groups. They also run conflict resolution workshops and publish studies on key social issues, including HIV, domestic violence, and human trafficking. By working with these important issues, unofficial ambassadors at Dian Interfidi help to provide information and support for the fight to eliminate violence against women.

Here are some fast facts about violence against women from the United Nations.

  • Up to 70% of women experience violence in their lifetime
  • Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria
  • Female infanticide and systematic neglect of girls are widespread in South and East Asia, North Africa and the Middle East
  • The costs and consequences of violence against women last for generations

UN initiatives and global movements are fighting hard to eliminate violence against women. Alongside these campaigns, America’s Unofficial Ambassadors and our international partners are working diligently to provide girls and women with the safety, respect, equality, opportunities and resources necessary to create an equitable, safe and peaceful society.

Follow this link to learn how you can help fight for human rights.


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