Friday, 19 December 2014

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

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White Ribbon Campaign
On 25 November, the White Ribbon Campaign will mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by calling on all men and boys in the UK to wear a white ribbon as a visible pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. Across the UK, and throughout continental Europe and other parts of the world, men have pledged to wear a white ribbon in support of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The White Ribbon Campaign is aimed at all layers of society. Schools can take part and teachers can find handbooks, ideas for fundraising and education activities on the organization’s website. Various football clubs have given their support to the campaign and will spread the message to their members. Churches have also expressed their support of the White Ribbon Campaign and will address violence against women in their communities.

The International Community
November 25 also marks the start of the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Violence. The 16 day campaign, which ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day, highlights various international days, including 29 November International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World Aids Day. The 16 day campaign links the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with Human Rights Day to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. The first International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was celebrated in 1991 on the initiative of the Women’s Global Leadership Institute.

Quick fact list

  • Up to 70% of women experience physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.
  • By identifying the social, cultural, legal and economic factors that influence such violence, it is possible to predict its occurrence and to   understand how to prevent it.
  • Mental health consequences of intimate partner and sexual violence include depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, suicide attempts, and substance abuse.
  • Violence against women can damage the health and well-being of children.
  • Studies from India, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, the United States of America and other countries show that violence against women increases the risk of HIV infection
  • Violence against women is an obstacle to achieving several Millennium Development Goals
  • Violence against women seriously affects economic development.
  • Men who were victims of child maltreatment are three to four times more likely to perpetrate intimate partner violence.
  • The harmful use of alcohol by men increases the likelihood of intimate partner violence.
  • Sexual violence is widespread in settings of conflict, post-conflict and displacement.
  • Programmes that increase women's access to microcredit and finance and train people in healthy relationship and negotiation skills can prevent violence against women.
  • School-based programmes to prevent dating violence can prevent violence against women.
  • Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, motor accidents, war and malaria, according to World Bank data.
  • Engaging men and boys in preventing violence against women and promoting gender equality can have positive effects.

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