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16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence
an article by UN Women(excerpts)

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25) and the ensuing 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence are commemorated every year around the world to raise awareness and trigger action on this pervasive human rights violation.

Guatemala: Young Mayan Women Shape the Future

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This year, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet unveiled a 16 Step Policy Agenda to address the issue. Ending violence against women is one of UN Women’s priority areas. UN Women also coordinates the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign and supports widespread social mobilization through its Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women platform. In addition, UN Women manages the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women which commemorates its 15th anniversary in 2011.

2011 marks the 15 year anniversary of the United Nations Trust Fund to End violence against Women. The UN Trust Fund was established in 1996 by UN General Assembly resolution 50/166 and is managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN system. It is a multilateral grant-making mechanism exclusively devoted to supporting local and national efforts to end violence against women and girls worldwide.

On November 23, 2011 the UN Trust Fund announced a new global Call for Proposals to support country-level programmes to end violence against women and girls. Read more.

In her first message for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, since UN Women became operational earlier this year, Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet outlines a comprehensive policy agenda to end violence against women globally. Focusing on the three critical pillars of prevention, protection and provision of services, Ms. Bachelet’s call for action, urges world leaders to mobilize political will and investment to ensure that women can live a life without violence. Read more.

Stories: Cambodia: Reclaiming Life after Acid Attacks

A cook in the Cambodian city Siem Reap, Chhean was compelled to take action against her sister’s tyrannical brother-in-law when in 2008 he sold his two-year-old daughter to a trafficking ring so he could buy a new motorbike. Chhean, a widow and sole provider for her four children, urged her sister Baen to file a law suit and openly demanded that her brother-in-law get the two year old back. Instead, her brother-in-law threatened Chean’s life. Read more.

Stories: Guatemala: Young Mayan Women Shape the Future

At 24 years old, Laura has already endured a lifetime of suffering. Growing up in an indigenous community in Quetzaltenango, in western Guatemala, Laura lost her mother at the tender age of 13. She dropped out of school to become the substitute mother for her eight siblings. Her father turned to alcohol, which fueled violence. Laura was his regular victim. Read more.

Stories: Roma women turning the tide of violence and discrimination

“Many women, especially in Roma communities, suffer from several forms violence without even recognizing it,” says Indira Bajramovi?, a pioneer for Roma women’s rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina. ” We are working to make violence against women recognized in all its forms and to support survivors in claiming their rights and seeking the protection they are entitled to.” Read more .

(Click here for a Spanish version of this article or here for a French version of this article )


Question(s) related to this article:

Protecting women and girls against violence, Is progress being made?

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Latest reader comment:

The 47 CPNN articles devoted to this theme suggest that indeed progress is being made.

This report was posted on December 29, 2011.