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Dona van Bloemen

United States

  • City, State: Santa Monica/London, CA/UK
  • Geographic Location: North America
  • Languages: English French Spanish Italian

I'm passionate about:

International human rights and development
Social justice
The arts


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Help Reform Family Laws

Guide to Equality in the Family in the Maghreb is a publication of the Women's Learning Partnership that explains the family laws in Maghreb and offers arguments for reform. Download this valuable and timely resource for use in your communities. (English, French, Arabic)



Get Involved with BAOBAB

Get Involved with BAOBAB

Do you share BAOBAB's vision? Be part of their struggle for women's human rights, share your knowledge and learn about BAOBAB's internship program. (English)



 

Discover MiRA Resource Center

Discover MiRA Resource Center

MiRA promotes equality for black, immigrant and refugee women in Norway. They provide legal assistance and counseling, networking opportunities and a meeting place for young minority women. Check out their incredible documentaries "Odin's Women Colouring the North" and support their cause. (English, Norwegian)


Add Your Name--<br>Stop Domestic Violence

Add Your Name--
Stop Domestic Violence

Say No to Violence Against Women and add your name today to this UN Development Fund for Women's campaign. Every signature counts: The United Nations Foundation will donate $1 for each the first 100,000 signatures.

Vagina Monologues by <br>and for Muslim Women

Vagina Monologues by
and for Muslim Women

Three Moroccan women living in Belgium present twelve poetic, intense and touching monologues called The Veiled Monologues that offer a rare look into the lives of Muslim women. Go beyond the veil and leave all your stereotypes at the theatre door. (French)

Support the Quota <br>System for Women

Support the Quota
System for Women

Interested in learning everything you can about the quota system and its effectiveness? Want to know the percentage of women in the national parliaments worldwide? Learn this and much more on the International IDEA and Stockholm University's new Web site Global Database of Quotas for Women.

Give Your Words Power

Give Your Words Power

Comandanta Esther captivated the Mexican Congress with her 2001 speech-you can be as compelling with a speech of your own!  Learn valuable speech writing and delivering techniques at iKNOW Politics. (English)

Tap Into Women

Tap Into Women's Art in Mexico

Love I.M.O.W.? Then check out this incredible women's museum in Mexico that celebrates contemporary Mexican women artists. MUMA features captivating, controversial and political artwork such as Lorena Wolffer's renowned performance piece on the femicides in Ciudad Juarez. (Spanish)


Want to Get Closer to the Truth?

Want to Get Closer to the Truth?

Filmmaker Jill Friedberg's 2006 film, "Un poquito de tanta verdad" (A Little Bit of So Much Truth) is a feature-length documentary that follows the women leaders in Oaxaca as they take over the Channel 9 News. Learn more about the project and organize a screening. (English, Spanish)


Justice for Anna Politkovskaya

Justice for Anna Politkovskaya

Russian journalist Anna Politkovskava was murdered in October of 2006 for reporting on human rights abuses. Help speak the truth about her assassination. --English, French, Spanish.

Take Action for Mao Heng Feng

Take Action for Mao Heng Feng

Don't let a woman's rights activist rot in jail! Send a letter to the Director of the Shanghai Women's Prison asking her to ensure that Mao Heng Feng is treated humanely. --English.

Promote Your African <br>Female Leader!

Promote Your African
Female Leader!

Nominate an African woman for a leadership position to Femmes Africa Solidarité. Her name will be added to a database that institutions will reference when filling vacancies --English.

Voto Latino!

Voto Latino!

Are you Latino? You no longer have an excuse for not registering to vote! Voto Latino, a non-profit non-partisan organization, will help you register in just a few clicks. Click NOW! -- English, Spanish

Speak Out Because <br>Your Opinion Matters!

Speak Out Because
Your Opinion Matters!

No need to be a journalist to have your opinions broadcast in a newspaper. Learn how to write an effective letter to the editor. --English.

Promote Political Liberty

Promote Political Liberty

Send an e-mail to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and help free Aung San Suu Kyi, one of the world's most renowned freedom fighters and proponents of nonviolence --English.

Learn About Women, Media <br>and Politics

Learn About Women, Media
and Politics

"From Hillary to Bella: Women, Politics and the Media" is a not-to-be-missed event taking place in New York City --English.

Show Your Solidarity

Show Your Solidarity

Do Catherine Beaunez's cartoons make you stop and think? Do they make you laugh? Then you must get her book of cartoons "On les aura!" and share it with your friends --French

Learn to Lead

Download the Women's Learning Partnership's Leading to Choices: Leadership Training Handbook for Women. It is available in 16 languages! You are one click away from learning everything you need to know about empowerment and effective, participatory leadership.


Bring Your Activism <br>to Work Day

Bring Your Activism
to Work Day

What are maquila working conditions really like? Sign up for a maquila tour, sponsored by the Centro de Información para Trabajadores y Trabajadoras (Worker Information Center). Attend discussions with social rights and labor rights activists. (English) 

Claiming Equal Citizenship Campaign

Claiming Equal Citizenship Campaign

Women’s right to equal citizenship is guaranteed by the majority of Arab constitutions, as well as by international law. Yet across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the Gulf, women are denied their right to nationality – a crucial component of citizenship. Such laws send the message that women do not enjoy a direct relationship with the state, but must access their citizenship rights through mediation of a male family member, such as a father or a husband. Until women in the MENA and Gulf regions are recognized as full nationals and citizens, they cannot participate fully in public life, nor claim the other rights to which they are entitled as equal members of their societies. Please lend your support to the campaign. Send a message of solidarity to WLP campaign partners who are coordinating the national and regional campaigns to raise awareness of the issue, advocate for change, and mobilize support to modify discriminatory legislation.

Help End Women

Help End Women's Poverty: Support the GROWTH Act

The Global Resources and Opportunities for Women to Thrive (GROWTH) Act would address some of the most critical economic barriers women that keep women in poor countries from earning an income, barriers such as unequal property rights, lack of access to credit and trade, and poor wages and working conditions.

For the GROWTH Act to be passed, it needs concerned citizens to urge Congress to support it. Send an automatic letter to your Senators and Representatives asking them to support the bill.

Equality Without Reservation Campaign

Equality Without Reservation Campaign

Sign a petition to support the Equality Without Reservation Campaign, which appeals to all Arab Governments for the withdrawal of reservations and the ratification of the Optional Protocol to CEDAW.

Support Las Madres

Support Las Madres

Show solidarity and demand justice for the disappeared children of Las Madres. Join their Thursday protests on the Plaza in Buenos Aires. --Spanish

Help Create the Srebrenica <br>Memorial Quilt

Help Create the Srebrenica
Memorial Quilt

More than 8,000 Bosniak boys and men were murdered in July 1995, in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Women of BOSFAM, a multicultural Bosnian women's group, invite you to commemorate these victims of genocide by adding a panel to the quilt they're creating. Help keep the memory of the massacre alive! -- English

Say NO to AFSPA!

Say NO to AFSPA!

Help repeal the law that gives military the authority to arrest, shoot and kill on suspicion alone. Sign the petition and stop human rights violations in Manipur. -- English

Respect Everyone Everywhere

Respect Everyone Everywhere

If you can no longer remain silent, then this is the time to put your foot down. Join Respect-ev, sign their petition and help stop female genital mutilation. --English, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish

Right to Water

Right to Water

One billion people worldwide do not have access to clean water. Learn about Blue Planet Project's global campaign Right to Water. Support their mission to protect water for generations to come. --English

Send an SOS!

Send an SOS!

Sign the Save Our Seed (SOS) Petition and keep native and organically-grown seeds free of genetically modified organisms! --English, French, Spanish

Reduce Your Pollution

Reduce Your Pollution

Make a commitment to reduce pollution. Change your everyday and long-term behavior. Commit to Rachel Carson Legacy Challenge and lessen your ecological footprint. --English

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

We all can do our part in stopping Global Warming. FightGlobalWarming.com helps you calculate your personal impact, reduce it, and even neutralize it! --English

Commit to Gender Equality

Commit to Gender Equality

Sign on to the Breakthrough Inter-religious Commitment, a historic agreement by religious leaders worldwide affirming the value and moral imperative of inter-religious cooperation to promote gender equality and end gender-based violence. -English

Women Talk Peace

Women Talk Peace

Listen to Ugandan women speak about their experiences during the war and their efforts towards peace. Hear three radio programs in English, Swahili and Luganda.

Power of Music

Power of Music

Listen to the 20 ans barakat CD and support reform of the Family Code in Algeria. -French

Are You a Leader?

Are You a Leader?

Are you a persuasive and charismatic speaker? Do you inspire others? Take this leadership test created by iKNOW Politics and learn where your strengths and weaknesses lie. (English)

Stop Violence Against Women

Stop Violence Against Women

Women Living Under Muslim Laws tracks violations of women's rights done in the name of religion. Visit their website to read about and sign petitions against these violations. -English, French, Arabic

Design a Political Poster

Design a Political Poster

Favianna designs incredible political posters and puts them online for all social activist use. In the service of social justice, use freely those black and white stickers in any and all of your leaflets, newsletters, banners and picket signs. Browse the artwork.

Support Dora María Tellez

Support Dora María Tellez

Dora María Tellez, a legendary Sandinista leader and political activist, launched an indefinite hunger strike on June 4, 2008, against the authoritarian policies of the current President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega. Read more about her story and show support for her struggle. --English, Spanish

Baring Witness

Baring Witness

Strip off your clothes and turn your body into a political tool. Bare what your mother gave you and stand witness for peace! -- English

See How Your Nation Stacks Up

See How Your Nation Stacks Up

How many women serve in your country’s legislative body? The Inter-Parliamentary Union
keeps tabs on women’s representation in government. -- English and French

Become an Election Ace

Become an Election Ace

Keeping tabs on an election abroad? Curious about the electoral system in Iraq, Ireland or Israel? The ACE Electoral Knowledge Network is a one-stop shop for everything you ever needed to know about elections. -- Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish. 

Spearhead a Voter Registration Drive

Spearhead a Voter Registration Drive

Elections only work when people actually vote -- learn the fundamentals of the voter registration process and how to make it work for your own campaign or civic group with the  I Know Politics manual on building confidence in the voter registration process. -- English 

Put an End to Voter Intimidation

Put an End to Voter Intimidation

The Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act is an important tool for safeguarding fair elections in the United States. Add your name to the petition to get this bill passed in the US senate. -- English 

Who’s Your Mama?

Who’s Your Mama?

Mama Cash knows that money makes the world go round, and she helps it spin better by funding innovative projects that support women's rights. Find out how your organization can benefit from a Mama Cash grant. Application guidelines in English, Dutch, French, Spanish

Stop Femicide in Mexico

Stop Femicide in Mexico

Sign the petition to stop femicide in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuanhua. Since 1993, over 450 women have been brutally murdered. The Mexican government has not taken adequate action to prevent or punish the murderers. Call on President Calderon to ensure justice for these women--English, Spanish

Join the Green Belt Movement

Join the Green Belt Movement

Want to empower women and reduce carbon emissions? Come plant and grow trees with the Green Belt Movement founded by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai. Take part in a Green Belt Safaris and get to know the women who built this inspiring movement from ground up. (English)

Artworks

Artworks

Artworks by male migrant workers expressing homesickness and wonderment in a foreign land.

Frontera Women's Foundation

Learn more about how you can support the nonprofit group based in El Paso, Texas that recently launched new scholarship program for girls from low-income families in Juarez, Mexico.

Get Connected in India

Get Connected in India

Have ideas for your own form of inspiring media? Did you know that India has an incredible online resource for women in the media? At the Network of Women in Media, share information and resources, exchange ideas, promote media awareness and ethics, and work for gender equality within the media and society. (English)

Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Get the latest info about women candidates, officeholders and voters in the US. Find out what research has shown about the difference political women make. Learn about public leadership education programs for college women. Discover training programs for women interested in running for office at any level. Start now by visiting Center for American Women and Politics.

Barnes Foundation Heist

The Barnes Foundation is being destroyed by a coalition of politicians and philanthropies. It is something that should trouble all artists as the control of our museums and the commodification of art is a threat to the integrity of the art experience.

End Repressive Laws Targeting Women in Sudan

Sudanese women urge the Government of Sudan to: - Cease the use of cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments. - Guarantee the procedural rights of women accessing the justice system at all times. - Guarantee respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout the country in accordance with the National Interim Constitution (NIC) and regional and international human rights standards. - Commit to the promotion of positive culture of respecting women of Sudan and enhance their contribution and protect their wellbeing through adopting laws and polices in accordance with Sudan constitutions and international and regional obligations. - Support and facilitate women access to the justice system safely and with dignity, through provision of training and education on the rights of women to law enforcement and other Sudan justice system mechanisms.


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