International Women’s Day is March 8, 2013

We at RAPP would like to share the following information with staff, students and parents, in honor of International Women’s Day 2013, and our continued rising against violence.

Now is the time to end violence against women.

Men and women together have responded with outrage to recent dramatic acts of violence from Delhi to Cairo to Steubenville. We have seen that effective laws, courts, and cops are essential — but not enough. We need individual and community action to challenge the habits and norms that perpetuate violence. Men, their allies, and their actions, can create that global tipping point, today.

On March 8, with launch events worldwide, Breakthrough will take its award-winning Bell Bajao (Ring the Bell) campaign global. One million men. One million promises calls on men worldwide to promise to take concrete action to end violence against women.

Violence against women is the most widespread – and tolerated – human rights violation in the world today. It is also one of the most intimate – often reaching people in their homes and within their most personal relationships. But simple acts, undertaken by individuals — particularly men and boys — in communities across the globe, can help bring it to an end.

Together with our partners in South Africa, Brazil, Malaysia, and more, we will secure one million promises in one year, starting March 8, 2013 (International Women’s Day). With men as leaders and partners, we can build a world in which women are safe — and in which all of us live freely, fully, and without fear.

Join us! Together we can build a safer world. 

  • Make your promise today on Facebook or by emailing text with photo or video — along with your first and last name and city/country of residence — to
  • Share this campaign with your friends, online or off, and invite them to make promises of their own.
  • Post about the campaign and solutions for ending violence against women on your blog and through social media using the hashtag #ringthebell.

Breakthrough is a unique global human rights organization that creates cutting-edge pop culture and innovative education to inspire new generations of leaders to act for change. We work out of centers in India and the U.S. — the world’s largest democracies — to end violence against women and promote human rights.

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