Ontario marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Michele Moreno
November 26, 2017

"Kariuki spoke when she presided over the launch of a campaign dubbed 'Jitokeze" that also begins 16 days of activism on 16 days Campaign against Gender Based Violence. It is estimated that more than a third of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives.

In Afghanistan, the top United Nations official in the country stressed that "life free from all forms of violence is the right of every Afghan woman and girl". In 2012, the Forum leaders called for ending violence against women and for their economic empowerment through safe workplaces, including in the informal sector (Pacific Leaders Gender Equality Declaration, 2012). This included the introduction of new laws, such as the Prevention of Human Trafficking Act and the Protection from Harassment Act, as well as enhancements to the Women's Charter to provide greater protection for women.

According to the protest organisers, 61 femicides have been recorded in the country so far this year, in addition to the 36 women who have committed suicide. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the executive director of UN Women, said in an interview ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25.

If these statistics don't spur you to take action against violence against women, then one can only wonder what will. The men say the woman consented to the sexual encounter but have admitted to stealing her mobile phone.

This year's theme, "Leave No One Behind: End Violence Against Women and Girls", underscores the harsh fact that violence against women not only denies women and girls their rights, health and opportunities, but undermines all development efforts. As a result, resources for initiatives to prevent and end violence against women and girls are severely lacking.

"We're hoping that, through outreach through people seeing this video that more will be reported."
UNiTE leads the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign that aims to raise public awareness and bring change. It includes sexual harassment, cyber-bullying, dating violence and elder abuse.

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". Together we can ensure that women and girls everywhere can live free of violence.

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