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Umoja Now in the News

One Billion Fathers Rising in Western Mass Hopes to Stop Violence
By WGGB, Channel 40
June 16th, 2013
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. –Growing up in New York City, James Arana’s childhood was filled with violence. “I grew up in the South Bronx in the 70′s, at that time it was a war zone, so experienced a wide variety of violence; fighting, name-calling. I experienced a wide variety of violence that I had to really talk to people about so I wouldn’t have to act out,” said the Associate Director of Men’s Resources International. . . [continue reading/video] ___________________________________________________________________________________

June 14, 2013
Umoja Now, a Burundian based nonprofit that focuses on achieving gender equality, and ending sexual and gender based violence, will be hosting the first ever One Billion Fathers Rising (OBFR) events this Father’s Day in both Burundi and Western Massachusetts, the location of their head office. OBFR is an event by, for, and about men working to end violence and abuse. . . . [continue reading] ___________________________________________________________________________________

One Billion Fathers Rising event in Northampton on Father’s Day
By Gazette staff, Daily Hampshire Gazette
June 6, 2013
NORTHAMPTON — Umoja Now will hold a One Billion Fathers Rising event on Father’s Day at First Churches of Northampton. The day is by, for and about men working to end violence and abuse. Starting at 1 p.m., there will be a speech, poetry, music and theatrical performances followed by a reception inside the church. . .[continue reading] ___________________________________________________________________________________

Men Mobilizing for Gender Justice in Africa
By Dean Peacock, posted by WILPF International
December 2, 2012
The African Union declared this decade, 2010-2020 as the African Women’s Decade. In Africa, political leaders have signed on to a range of human rights treaties and declarations of commitment, including CEDAW, Resolution 1325 and Resolution 1820. The Maputo Protocol specifies that there should be clear protections for women from sexual violence in situations of armed conflict. . . . [continue reading] ____________________________________________________________________________________

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The Importance of “Umoja” in the Fight for Gender Equality
June 16,2013
By Erin Corbett, EarthACTION
For many around the world, the third Sunday of June (celebrated widely on other days as well) is a day dedicated to celebrating dad: it’s Fathers Day! It’s a day to show fathers how much they are appreciated, while honoring and celebrating fatherhood, and the influence of fathers in society. . . . [continue reading/video]