Participants in a past UN Women walk in Greece.

The World Health Organization estimates that one in three women, or 736 million women, will be subjected to physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. To raise money for programs created to prevent violence against women and girls, the Gulf Coast chapter of UN Women, a United Nations organization that works to advance the cause of gender equality, is joining WE Walk: Strides Against Violence, a virtual walk.

Kuda Mariam, a domestic violence survivor pictured with two of her children, received counseling and training through a UN Women-supported program in Cameroon.

The time period for the walk began Oct. 1 and ends Friday, Dec. 10. Participants register online, share their plans online and then ask for donations to support their walk, or they can just donate themselves. The Sarasota chapter has raised more than $12,000 already.

The local chapter is one of seven in the United States that are participating; other chapters include those in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Chicago and Durham, North Carolina. The Gulf Coast chapter is led by E. Scott Osborne, who was recognized as one of Sarasota Magazine's 2021 Unity Award winners.

For more info, or to register for WE Walk, click here.

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