UN Women calls for concrete actions to respond to gender-based violence

25 Novembre, 2020, 20:57 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa

Women and girls are required to isolate at home during lockdowns, sometimes with abusers, and financial burdens plus tight living quarters are putting more households under emotional stress. In the lead up to the International Day commemoration, UN Women has appealed to Member States to make concrete, tangible commitments during the 16 Days of Activism.

Ali says as we mark the start of the 16 days of Activism Campaign on violence against women, we must remember that four women have lost their lives to domestic violence in Fiji so far this year.

He added that this year's theme is "Economic Justice for a non-violent and non-sexist South Africa and urged communities to observe this campaign throughout the year and not just during this period".

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on Wednesday demanded effective enforcement of laws to stop violence against women and girls in the society as crimes like rape can not be prevented due to the lack of exemplary punishment in time in most of the cases. Yet, only 48 countries, less than a quarter of the 206 analysed in a recent study, treated violence against women and girls-related services as an integral part of their national and local Covid-19 response plans, with very few adequately funding these measures.

GBV prevention, risk mitigation and responsive actions should remain the most urgent priority, as many women and girls continue to be a target of violence and abuse suffering from the lack of legislation that can protect them and hold perpetrators accountable.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said measures to eradicate gender-based violence could not be carried out by government alone. It also serves as a means of demonstrating your solidarity in eliminating all forms of violence and it is therefore used as the colour of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Activists launched the annual worldwide campaign at the inaugural Women's Global Leadership Institute at Rutgers University in 1991, and the Center for Women's Global Leadership has led the initiative ever since. "We reflect on what each of us can do, in our daily lives, to combat violence and create change" Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau said.

According to the counts of non-governmental organizations providing legal assistance to repressed women, the incidents of violence against women have increased by 70% till March-April last compared to its trend in the previous year. Iconic buildings and landmarks will be organised to recall the need for a violence-free future. Covid-19 has shown the need to prioritise the rights and needs of women and girls in humanitarian crises.

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