Thank you for being a leader in the movement for a treaty to end violence against women and girls!
You’re part of creating one of the most powerful tools in women’s rights and health: a global treaty.
To get the treaty to the United Nations, we need advocates like you to:
Across the globe, members of our coalition are on the ground discussing the treaty with government officials. Every signature you gather builds the grassroots clout that drive these meetings. In other words, every signature helps influence the influencers—the lawmakers, ambassadors, and heads of state who have the power to turn the treaty into global policy.
As a global grassroots movement, every donation of any amount is critical. Every dollar you collect goes toward the advocacy work necessary to secure lead nations, the countries that bring the treaty to the United Nations and advocate on its behalf.
The actions below will get you started.
Gather Signatures: Host a Treaty Signing!
A treaty signing is an invitation to your network to join the call for a global treaty to end violence against women and girls. Every signature helps influence the influencers—the lawmakers, ambassadors, and heads of state who have the power to turn the treaty into global policy.
Here are 4 ways to host a signing.
Share on social that you’ve joined the call for a global treaty and tag 3 or more friends inviting them to sign at everywoman.org.
Get creative with your asks. Include a personal story and your reason for signing. Say that you tagged three friends in honor of the 1 in 3 women who are raped, beaten, or assaulted globally. Share that a treaty is the best mechanism for scaling proven violence prevention interventions across the globe. Let’s get it done!
Other sample social posts can be found here in our Social Media Toolkit.
Reach out to your network via email and invite them to join the call for a treaty by signing at everywoman.org. Emails are most effective when they’re personal. In your letter, share:
(1) Why you signed;
(2) How the treaty can change the landscape for women and girls (by requiring nations to implement proven violence prevention strategies);
(3) Why their signature is crucial (to influence the influencers—the lawmakers, ambassadors, and heads of state who have the power to turn the treaty into global policy).
Here’s a sample email used by a fellow activist.
Download the Every Woman Treaty app (Google Play, App Store) so it’s always handy on your phone. Whenever you’re out with friends, coworkers, and others, tell them about the treaty, hand them your phone with app open, and invite them to sign on the spot. It’s that simple.
Hold a signing at your house, a cafe, with your faith community, your running club, book club, mom’s group, activist network, as part of an event you’re already having. No event is too small or large, too casual or formal. But the best event reflects your personality.
1. Select a date and location, and send an invitation. Here are two sample invites.
2. Print this simple two-page document as a handout.
3. At the event, share why you signed, and use this script to explain how the treaty can end violence against women.
4. If guests have questions, these Talking Points and FAQ can guide your answers.
5. Invite people to sign at everywoman.org!
6. Take photos and post on Social Media! Print out the People’s Call to Nations, take photos, and post on social using the hashtag #isigned. Remember to tag us: @WomanTreaty (Twitter), @EveryWomanTreaty (Facebook), @EveryWomanTreaty (Instagram)
#isigned the Every Woman Treaty to end violence against women and girls, in honor of the 1 in 3 women who experience violence worldwide. Join me! Together, we can make history. Sign at everywoman.org @WomanTreaty
You’ll find more post ideas here.
Download a PDF of this toolkit here.
A casual outdoor event is a proven way to raise funds for a cause. Here’s a simple and easy approach:
- Select a day, time, and route (check with park and rec department or local officials to see if you need a permit).
- Invite friends, family, co-workers and community members to participate.
Join me for a 2-kilometer walk to raise funds to end violence against women!
Cost: $25 or more donation to Every Woman Treaty, a campaign to end violence against women and girls. Donate here.
Pledge $500! Commit to raising $500 or more dollars to support activists around the world working to secure a global treaty end violence against women and girls. Ask your network to donate at everywoman.org/donate
Want to hold a larger event? Used this guide to plan and execute your event.
Hosting a personal event where you share your speciality—your cooking, your love of wine or backyard lawn games—is excellent ways to enjoy friends and raise funds. Dinners, picnics, wine tastings, silent auctions. Whatever you do, follow these simple steps:
1. Select a date and location, and send an invitation.
2. Print this simple two-page document explaining why we need a treaty as a handout.
3. At the event, share why you signed, and to explain how the treaty can end violence against women. Use this script if you’d like.
4. If guests have questions, these Talking Points and FAQ can guide your answers. Learn more at everywoman.org.
5. Invite people to donate at everywoman.org/donate.
Rather than exchanging gifts for a special occasion, request that friends and family sign and make a contribution to Every Woman Treaty.
Email your friends, family, co-workers, and community members inviting them to participate in a 24-hour fundraising campaign online. Share the date. Send a follow-up email the day before, and the day of your fundraiser.
You can invite people to donate in two ways:
- Via our website at everywoman.org/donate.
- Or host an event on Facebook. Here’s how:
1. Click the “create” button at the top right of your page.
2. Search for “Every Woman Treaty” and select us.
3. Name your fundraiser. Together, We Can End Violence Against Women, for example. Share your reasons for hosting the fundraiser. If you’d like to include more information about the treaty, we suggest:
- Or host an event on Facebook. Here’s how:
Violence against women and girls is a global crisis, the most widespread human rights violation happening today. It occurs in all countries, across all races, and takes multiple forms. Globally, at least 1 in 3 women are raped, beaten, or assaulted.
The problem is staggering, yet research shows this violence is solvable.
When nations implement proven interventions—such as changing laws; training police, judges and healthcare workers; holding violence-prevention campaigns; while also supporting victims—rates of violence plummet.
Please join me in turning this treaty into global policy and support Every Woman Treaty. Learn more at everywoman.org.
Use social media to get the word out!
Thank you for being a leader in ending violence against women and girls.