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CELEBRATING THE 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

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CELEBRATING THE 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

Invest to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls.

The annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children (Boys) Campaign, endorsed by the United Nations, unfolds from November 25 (International Day for No Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). This period also encompasses World AIDS Day on December 1 and the International Day for Persons with Disabilities on December 3.

CELEBRATING THE 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

The campaign’s overarching theme is “Invest to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls,” specifically focusing on “Accelerating Actions to End Gender-Based Violence and Feminism: Leave No One Behind.” The sub-theme for this year emphasizes “Safe access for women to clean water: a basic human right.”

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The chosen theme underscores the necessity of adopting a comprehensive, societal approach to combating gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF). In alignment with this initiative, the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 initiative urges global collaboration to raise awareness, advocate for change, and share knowledge and innovations, ultimately aiming to eradicate all forms of violence against women, girls, and boys.

Gender-based violence remains a critical global issue with profound implications for public health, gender equality, and human rights. Alarmingly, 1 in 3 women worldwide experiences such violence. The risks escalate during humanitarian crises or when essential rights, such as education, healthcare, or freedom of movement, are curtailed.

While GBVF impacts women universally, specific groups, including those living with disabilities, adolescent girls, and older women, encounter additional challenges in having their voices heard and accessing support.

Addressing violence necessitates challenging ingrained misogyny, dispelling victim-blaming tendencies, and ensuring that women and young boys and girls can access support promptly. Eradicating violence requires changing narratives and fostering a culture where victims are supported without judgment.

Healthcare providers often serve as the primary point of contact for women experiencing violence. Their role in offering compassionate care, including first-line support, medical examination, treatment, and referrals to essential services, is crucial. This underscores the importance of investing in training and resources to deliver appropriate care.

In the face of violence, silence is not an option. We must collectively commit to speaking out and intervening when we witness any form of abuse.

Blessing Udofa-Poromon

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