Stand together: 16 days of activism against gender-based violence

Stand together: 16 days of activism against gender-based violence

This day, which begins 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, is an important opportunity to raise awareness about violence against women and all violence based on gender and to recognize and support those who have experienced abuse. One in three women will experience some form of sexual assault in her lifetime.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most pressing social issues across the world.

Philippine laws for the protection of women's rights include: the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act (RA 9262), Anti-Discrimination Against Women Act (RA 6725), Women in Development and Nation Building Act (RA 7192), Rape Victim Assistance and Protection Act (RA 8505), Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710), and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act (RA 9208) and its expanded version (RA 10364).

Penney Andrews, program manager for Tranquility House, said, "As of November 25, and for the next 16 days, we will incite individuals to take action towards eliminating violence against women".

Today the CS Gender, youth and affair Sicily Kariuki launched a campaign dubbed "Jitokeze "that calls on Kenyans to speak up against gender based violence".

For too many Pacific women, the workplace is unsafe.

According to data, 260 women were murdered by their male partners, husbands or family members previous year across Turkey.

"Sexual violence and harassment against women is prevalent in our society".

She said despite facing many difficulties, women in rural areas like urban areas women knew their rights.

Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) head for the northern zone, Qazi Mohammad Sami, on the sidelines of the ceremony told Pajhwok Afghan News that about 443 cases of violence against women had been recorded this year.

To the women and girls who are ignored, silenced, threatened, or shamed: We hear you and we see you. As a result, resources for initiatives to prevent and end violence against women and girls are severely lacking. In 1999, the United Nations named November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Here in the Pacific, many men within our own organisations have pledged to never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women - and our hope is that one day this pledge will ring true for all Pacific men and boys.