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From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Stop Violence Against Women!


"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."
Eleanor Roosevelt  -  New York, March 27, 1958.

In celebration of the Human Rights Day, observed by the international community every year on December 10 in honor of the United Nations General Assembly’s proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the U.S. Embassy will launch a writing competition on "From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Stop Violence Against Women!" on December 10, 2013.

Bucharest high school students are invited to write an essay in English of no more than 500 words, on the above theme and to submit it to infobuch@state.gov no later than January 24, 2014.  The written submission could be in any format that appeals to the student such as: a letter addressed to an imaginary or real character, a piece of poetry, a diary, a journal article, a story, or a traditional literary essay.  The text will be send as a Word document, without images (photos, drawings), and will be written with a “Times New Roman 12” font.

Participants should include their full name, e-mail address, phone number, high school, and the name of their English teacher in their submission.  Children or any other family members of the U.S. Embassy employees are not permitted to participate in the competition.

A jury composed of American diplomats and professors of English will select the top three essays.  Essays will be judged on effective expression of personal ideas related to the subject and good use of English.

The U.S. Embassy will award the top prize, a laptop, during a special ceremony to be announced on the U.S. Embassy’s website in March 2014.  Winners of the 2nd and 3rd places will be awarded a digital camera and a MP4 player, respectively.  The three winners’ essays will be highlighted on the U.S. Embassy website.  All participants – students and teachers alike – will receive certificates from the U.S. Embassy to recognize their efforts.


To read more about the contest.


To read more about the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women -25 November:




A video about the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 


With women’s safety becoming a much-debated issue in India, everyone wants to be involved and create awareness about the subject. In a novel attempt to make a difference, Kalki Koechlin has shot a satirical video, titled It’s Your Fault, that takes on the mindset that women are responsible for the rise in sexual assault cases against them (a video chosen by Aurélie Lebet, term. L)

2 press articles about the video:




Who is Kalki Koechlin?

Among the fresher crop of actresses, Kalki Koechlin stands out for her 'foreigner looks' and unusual choice of roles, which have enabled the actress to carve a niche for herself in Bollywood.


A videoKalki Koechlin - Understanding identity


“Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi

2013 - Site web réalisé par Philippe STOLTZ, élève en terminale S, et Nathalie DUFAUX, professeur d anglais - Lycée Français Anna de Noailles de Bucarest.