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Poems and haikus to celebrate International Women‘s Day

A book of poems aims to combat violence against women

Poems and haikus to celebrate International Women‘s Day

March 15 2010
Lindsay Macpherson

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, development charity ActionAid has introduced See Me, Hear Me, Read Me, a limited-edition collection of haikus by women in developing countries plus original work by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Judi Dench, Bonnie Greer and Angélique Kidjo.

As well as bolstering ActionAid’s global anti-poverty efforts (it gave €141m to 13m people last year), the book ties in with the upcoming report Destined to Fail: How Violence Against Women Is Undoing Development.

“Global anti-poverty efforts are failing where women’s rights are not protected,” says ActionAid’s Zohra Moosa. “One in three women globally are affected, and this report shows that costs are in the billions of dollars. Addressing violence against women is a matter of both justice and practical necessity.”