Singer Fergie Joins The Fight To End Violence Against Women Worldwide

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Forget everything you know about singer Fergie, and the term ‘Fergalicious’, because the self-proclaimed supporter of women’s empowerment is taking things to a whole new level. The Black Eyed Peas frontwoman has teamed up with the Avon Foundation, a non-profit called Vital Voices, and the U.S. State Department in a new program called the Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative, a part of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women.

The goal of the program is to eradicate domestic violence across the world and it will offer help in the form of education programs and initiatives for those who have been victims of sexual abuse. They will tackle this serious issue in three key ways:

1) Providing survivors immediate, life-saving help, like medical care and relocation

2) Deterring perpetrators of gender-based violence

3) Helping countries implement the laws against gender-based violence that they already have on the books.

According to the State Dept, one in three women will experience some form of gender-based violence at some point in her life. That’s pretty shocking. This includes child marriage, rape and domestic violence, and it needs to stop!

According to the United Nations, more women between the ages of 15 and 44 are disabled or killed by such acts than by cancer, traffic accidents, malaria and war combined.

In other words, gender-based violence is not just a phrase; it’s a rampant problem. And it’s a problem that impacts women everywhere no matter what country you are from.

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As singer-songwriter Fergie (real name Stacy Ferguson), a global ambassador for Avon’s Foundation for Women, said at the launch event at the State Department, the rate of violence against women is “totally unacceptable.”

Initially the campaign will focus on Nepal, Mexico, India and South Africa, using the $1million in seed money they have so far. More locations will be added over the next 2 years.

Fergie in particular is involved with the initiative’s Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence, a training program for law enforcement, judges, and other government officials. The institute will work to ensure that existing laws against gender-based violence and honor crimes are carried out in the way they should be. “The new Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence is designed to ensure that laws achieve their promise,” Fergie says of the institute.

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“It will go even further to protect women who are victims of violence and secure justice for them. I am so proud to announce this pioneering new partnership of the Avon Foundation for Women, Vital Voices and the State Department.”

Vital Voices is an organization that empowers women globally by campaigning for human rights, supporting economic empowerment for women, and advocating more female political participation to change the conversation in each country.

The Avon Foundation has two main causes they are passionate about eradicating: breast cancer and domestic violence. Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon has been a prominent spokesperson for the fight against breast cancer, and now with Fergie as the domestic violence advocate it looks as if we are going to see a new era of celebrity spokeswomen. Women who use their platforms and voices for important causes, rather than just self-gratification.

Check out Fergie talking to Candy Crowley on CNN about this important cause:

7 Comments

  1. What a lost… she’s so full of it, look at her part in a recent 2chainz song. Tell us she’s all about women getting proper treatment.

    [Verse 2: Fergie]
    When I die, bury me inside the liquor store
    Cause when I die, Fergie still gon’ be gettin’ dough (ohh)
    You do what you can, I do what you can’t
    You smoke that Bobby B-B-Brown, we on that Shabba Ranks
    I got it, you want it, you want it, I got it
    My girls go shopping, that ain’t a mall, that’s my closet
    So copy (copy), copy, all these bitches just copy
    Honor student wit’ double Ds, that ain’t the bra, that’s my ta-tas

    [Hook x2]

    [Verse 3: 2 Chainz]
    {*coughs*} Yeah…
    {*coughs more*} YEAH..
    I’m gettin’ to the monies, with an apostrophe (yeah)
    Fucked her on a pile of clothes now she a closet freak (tell em)
    Yeah I bear arms, I got something up my sleeve (BOW)
    And when she wit’ me, she don’t wanna leave (no)
    She just wanna freak (she do), she don’t wanna sleep
    Put it in her mouth (mouth) now she don’t wanna speak (Tru)
    Yeah I’m at the club, I got strippers at my table
    I call doin’ the 69 a favor for a favor
    From the cradle to the grave (uh), shoot a nigga from his ankle to his waist, you can tell that I’m paid
    Cause I’m high-class, fucked a bitch in her eyelashes (WOO), we in a jet, who gon’ fly past us?
    Tint all on my eyeglasses, I don’t see ya hater (yeah)
    And bitch I don’t get dropped, bitch I drop the label
    Goddamn!

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