Tuesday, November 24, 2009

365 Days of Action to End Gender Violence

The Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international recognised held every year and the campaign commence with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women(25 November) and ends with International Human Rihghts Day (10 December), Mansa Banko can reveal.
The commemoration of the 16 days of activism against gender violence is from the 25 November to 10 December, 2009. The 2009 global theme; "COMMIT ACT DEMAND" We Can End Vio;ence Against Women.
"If we want to see real change in our women's lives in the continent, there need to be action every single day of year, we need to stretch 16 Days of Action to 365 Days of Action on Gender Violence"
Since the campaign's inception in 1991, the 16 Days days of activism has help to help raise awareness about gender violence and highlight its effect on women globally.
The campaign also aims to highlight the connections between women, violence and human rights and empower survivors to speak.
Violence against women takes various forms, such as physical abuse, rape, sexual harassement, Female Genital Mutilation(FGM), early marriage, demostic violence, girl child abuse etc.
In The Gambia, it is a well known fact that violence against women is prevalen and occurs in every day. The support from males for the fight to end violence against women has remained undeveloped. Many gender activists are still regarded as trouble makers rather than genuine human rightss activists.
We called on all governments to be accountable, international agencies, civil society organisations to rise up to the challenge and unite to end all forms of violence against women. The law enforcement agents and the judiciary acting to protect vulnerable women and girls from various forms of violence.

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