Kicking off last November, the Say No—Unite to End Violence Against Women campaign aims to put the global spotlight on the issue of violence against women and girls. An offshoot of UNIFEM, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, the Say No campaign is setting some ambitious goals to eradicate violence against women.
The goals :
- To keep the ball rolling on the global call, a commitment to make ending violence against women a top international priority. Over five million people have already signed on, including Heads of States and Ministers from 69 Governments and more than 600 Parliamentarians.
- To encourage people around the world to take action in their communities. The aim is to reach 100,000 actions by March 2010 and one million actions by November 2010.
- To build the U.N. Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women.
- How you can get involved:
- Read up  on the issue. You might be shocked to know 70 percent of women and girls around the globe will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. It might be hard to read, but the first step to fighting the problem is knowing the facts.
- Join an action  in your community! This can include anything ranging from raising awareness to fundraising campaigns. If there isn’t an action taking place near you, start one ! Here are some ideas for actions  and the Organizer’s Toolkit  will help you get started.
- When you sign up to host or participate in a local action, make sure your name is added to the global call to make ending violence a priority.
- Donate to the U.N. Trust To End Violence Against Women , which supports programs to help women around the globe.
Originally published on CauseCast.org