Winnipeg police launch video to help stop gender-based violence

Posted November 26, 2017

Considering the ever-growing harassment of women, the United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisah Djaba, said in a statement that the campaign would continue to contribute to a world free from gender-based violence especially for women and girls.

"The idea behind it is to make people aware of the pandemic we have in the world against women, the violence that exists against women every day", Maria Noel Vaeza, Program Division Director for U.N. Women said. "And it exposed how a culture of entitlement, where there are no consequences for sexual crimes, has left many women tormented in silence".

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Nearly half of the women who were killed in 2012 were killed by either partners or family members, compared to 6% of men.

This is considered urgent because at least one of every three women aged 15 to 49 in Latin America and the Caribbean have experienced physical or sexual violence by a partner, according to Alessandra Guedes, PAHO's Regional Advisor on Family Violence.

Research also shows that achieving gender equality helps in preventing conflict, and high rates of violence against women correlate with outbreaks of conflict.

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Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi, in his message, said that women in Pakistan had been greatly contributing towards the development and prosperity of the country.

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against women, one of the ways that the UN is helping the global community fight this scourge, is a grant system that has given away more than $129 million to groups and individuals supporting women's rights.

Yet despite its pervasiveness, violence against women is not inevitable - and it is preventable. According to the United Nations, violence against women and girls across most countries include physical, sexual and psychological forms. Frameworks that include a specific target for ending violence against women and girls, offer huge promise but must be adequately funded in order to bring real and significant changes in the lives of women and girls.

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He also says gender-based violence disproportionately affects women of colour as well as women who identify as indigenous, trans or low-income.