UN Calls For All Afghans To Unite To End Violence Against Women

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A civil society activist, Nargis, said efforts made for elimination of violence against women during the past one decade had produced no considerable results.

"Women around the country should be aware that they are sufficiently protected by the law", Legarda said.

Each year on November 25 the world marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, while for the next 16 days, from November 25 through to December 10 (Human Rights Day), the world will mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence to raise public awareness and mobilise people all over the world to bring about change.

Close to seven years since the start of the crisis, sexual violence and other forms of gender-based violence continues to remain a major source of concern in the daily lives of women, men, girls and boys across Syria; with women and girls reporting being in fear of sexual violence, often associated with abduction. In 2012, nearly half of all women who were victims of intentional homicide worldwide were killed by an intimate partner or family member, compared to six percent of male victims.

He called on men to speak up on women's rights, stand against violence and promote female leadership in all aspects of society.

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.

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According to United Nations, on the basis of data from 2005 to 2016 for 87 countries, "19 percent of women between 15 and 49 years of age said they had experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the 12 months prior to the survey".

Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said, "Unions are leading the way in eradicating violence against women at work, and the support of a strong global legal instrument is essential".

PAHO has intensified its cooperation with countries to prevent violence against women and children, developing tools, strengthening networks and coalitions, building capacities in the countries, and improving the availability of data.

25 Nov is the International Day to End Violence against Women!

Violence against women and girls remains high in the country despite efforts to eradicate the vice. Organize events on streets, schools and landmarks!

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