Message from the WWSF Executive Director – Elly Pradervand

elly2Achievements and Outlook 2016

WWSF celebrates in 2016 the 25th anniversary of its empowerment programs for women, and violence prevention of violence against women, children and youth.

To expand outreach and results in our work, WWSF introduced in 2015 a larger time span for increased action by civil society and organizations who deliver results where they live and work.

We are impressed by the response from many coalition member organizations that send us reports of local and national activities and register their events online. By consulting you can find out about annual Calls to action and Empowerment and Prevention Kits, which include:

17 Days for the Empowerment of rural women and their communities 1-17 Oct.logo 17days

WWSF encourages rural women to rise, claim their rights, mobilize for action and hold leaders accountable. This program was launched for the first time in 2015 and you can read more about it on Page XXXX. It also includes a presentation of the ten 2015 laureates who received the annual Prize for women’s creativity in rural life awarded on 15 October. (413 prizes awarded to date with US$ 1000 per laureate).

19 Days for prevention of violence against children and youth 1-19 Nov.Children 19daysActivism home en

WWSF strives to help create a culture of prevention and mobilizes social society actors and organizations to increase action for robust implementation of the rights of the child and hold local and national leaders accountable. The 19 Days campaign marked its 5th edition and the annual Kit, Call to Action and Global Impact Report are available online
More than 100 organizations and change makers participated last year to learn about violence prevention measures and organized pertinent events either during the 19 Days or on the World Day - 19 November.

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The national campaign strives to mobilize men and boys, women and girls not to commit, condone or remain
silent about violence against women and girls and convenes annual Roundtables to strategize for a national transformation of gender relations. The Swiss White Ribbon Campaign is a national initiative to create the end of violence as an idea whose time has come. 43 Swiss White Ribbon Ambassadors signed in 2014 a Declaration for the end of gender violence in Switzerland by 2030, which has was included in 2015 in the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

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WWSF will include in the future the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its empowerment campaigns and programs of work. The new SDG Agenda acknowledges that civil society partnerships, and their accompanying networks, are an essential ingredient for the success of SDG implementation and to reflect the participatory spirit in which the Goals were created. Together we can achieve, what no one can do alone. Link to SDG: