Achieving peace and security for women and girls social media campaign

May 27 – 31 is week Seven of the 50 Days for Women and Girls Campaign launched by International Women’s Health Coalition.

The theme for the week is achieving peace and security for women and girls.

This is a social media campaign utilizing Twitter, Facebook, etc. to target President Obama, Secretary Kerry and the US Administration to ensure women and girls are included in all peace and security issues and US foreign policy.  Equality Now’s Shelby Quast has compiled several useful twitter handles, hashtags, and resources below.

Some Twitter handles that may be useful

@statedept   (State Department)

@s_GWI  (office of Global Women’s Issues)

#SecKerry  @statedept    (Secretary of State John Kerry at State Department)

@vj44  (Valerie Jarrett)

@rajshah   (Raj Shah, Administrator USAID)

@steveforeignpol    (Steven Feldstein Director Policy USAID)

@rhodes44   (Ben Rhodes, Senior Foreign Policy Advisor White House)

@BarackObama (President Barack Obama)

‏@whitehouse   (White House)

@deptofdefense  (Department of Defense)

@usaid  (USAID)

@UN  (United Nations)

@IRFAmbassador (Ambassador for Religious Freedom Suzan Johnson Cook)

#secZeya @statedept  (Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau Democracy Human Rights Labor Uzra Zeya)

The designers of 50 Days for Women and Girls campaign ask that all tweets include the hashtags #usa4women and #usnap.

Equality Now, with the 50 Days for Women and Girls campaign, is planning a Twitter Chat for Thursday May 30 around 10 AM (TBC) on Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding, highlighting the need to include Syrian Women in the planned Geneva talks.

Quast suggests following a 4 pillar theme (one per day), which mirrors the US NAP and CSWG recommendations – see below.

Monday:  Memorial Day – general messages on Women War and Peace

Tuesday: Protection from Violence

Wednesday: Women and Girls Participation in peace processes and decision making

Twitter Chat:  11am – 12:30 highlighting need to include Syrian Women in planned Geneva Peace talks

Thursday:  Protection from Violence

Friday: Access to Relief and Recovery

General Sample Tweets

@deptofdefense @statedept: Empower women 2 b agents of peace, not victims of war. Support women’s groups in conflict zones. #usa4women

@usaid @S_GWI @nancylindborg: Empower women 2 b agents of peace, not victims of war. Support women’s groups in conflict zones. #usa4women

@deptofdefense @statedept: Ensure women’s safe & full participation in intelligence- gathering. #usa4women

@vj44 @rajshah @USAID: all projects to prevent or manage conflict must consider effects of war on women & girls #usa4women

Resource Links

• PBS: Women, War & Peacehttp://www.pbs.org/wnet/women-war-and-peace

• State Department: Implementation Plan for the National Action Plan: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/196726.pdf

• Fact Sheet: Sexual Assault in the Military: http://www.equalitynow.org/sites/default/files/FactSheet_Military_Sexual_Assault_EN. pdf

• Backgrounder: Military Sexual Violence: http://servicewomen.org/military-sexual-violence/

• ACLU: Sexual Assault in the Military:  http://www.aclu.org/blog/tag/sexual-assault-military

This is an easy and exciting opportunity to utilize social media and emphasize our priorities for Women Peace and Security – let’s not miss it!

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