FROM CAPTIVE DAUGHTERS - Our organization has joined the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), the European Women's Lobby and La Coordination Française pour le Lobby Européen des Femmes (La CLEF) in support of Wassyla Tamzali's nomination to the post of the United Nation's Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women. The current post will be vacant in June of 2009.
From a letter in support of Ms. Tamzali's nomination from CATW:
"Ms. Tamzali, who is a Franco-Algerian lawyer, is a leader in the area of international human rights and has a long and respected experience and expertise in working to prevent and combat all forms of violence against women. In 1979, she joined UNESCO, where she, for over twenty years, was a creative leader of the development and implementation of initiatives and policies on equal opportunities between women and men, including as director for the program on the promotion of women’s rights in the Mediterranean region.
Ms. Tamzali has consistently demonstrated her courage and determination in support of women and girls globally and their right to live lives free from violence. Ms. Tamzali is widely respected and highly regarded by decision makers worldwide as well as among her peers. In 2008, she received the Order of Knight of the Legion of Honour (Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur) from the president of the French Republic for her outstanding work on international human rights."