Ontario marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

26 November, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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The most recent study in the region, conducted by FWRM in 2016 with 1013 women, found that one in five women in formal employment in Fiji had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace (Sexual harassment of women in the workplace in Fiji, 2016 follow up study, 2016[i]).

The Minister stressed that, "violence against women and girls is a crime against humanity and is punishable by law".

"For Afghan women to achieve their full potential and their huge capacity in development, in peace and in security, the violations of the rights of women and girls, particularly through violence, must cease", he said.

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". To achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, more vigorous efforts are required, including legal frameworks, to counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination that often results from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms. In 2012, nearly half of all women who were victims of intentional homicide worldwide were killed by an intimate partner or family member, compared to six percent of male victims.


Thousands took to the streets of Madrid on Saturday to protest violence against women, just as Spain reels from a grisly trial over an alleged gang rape. The men say the woman consented to the sexual encounter but have admitted to stealing her mobile phone.

Yet despite its pervasiveness, violence against women is not inevitable - and it is preventable.

This year's global theme for the campaign is "Leave No One Behind, End Violence Against Women and Girls".

To the women and girls who are ignored, silenced, threatened, or shamed: We hear you and we see you. Launched in 2008, by the then UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, another initiative UNiTE has been trying to end 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. Because gender-based violence is intolerable, we ask everyone to stand with us during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

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