Urgent Call to Address Gender-based Violence in Syria [EN/AR]

  • Urgent Call to Address Gender-based Violence in Syria [EN/AR]

Urgent Call to Address Gender-based Violence in Syria [EN/AR]

Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) head for the northern zone, Qazi Mohammad Sami, on the sidelines of the ceremony told Pajhwok Afghan News that about 443 cases of violence against women had been recorded this year. And at least 200 million have undergone female genital mutilation.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most pressing social issues across the world.

The demonstrators held placards calling for the emancipation of women and an end to violence.

The report noted the progress of women today and the latest UN Gender Inequality Index ranked Singapore 11th out of 159 countries, and second in Asia.

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, "almost half of all women who were victims of intentional homicide worldwide were killed by an intimate partner or family member, compared to 6 percent of male victims".

Julie Béchard, executive director of CPF, said a woman dies every six days in Canada at the hands of her partner or former partner.

The groups recommend five steps health care workers can take respond to and help prevent violence against women.

Yet despite its pervasiveness, violence against women is not inevitable - and it is preventable.

The protesters carried banners denouncing domestic violence and homicide against women on the iconic Istiklal Avenue, and played drums and chanted slogans: "Women are stronger together", "We want an entire life not small pieces".

The UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites you to "Orange the world", using the colour designated by the campaign to symbolize a brighter future without violence. Sustainable Development Goal 5 calls to "Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation".

Among other efforts, the United Nations launched a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment and has said that it is committed to continuing the "UNiTE to End Violence against Women" Campaign, under the new title "UNiTE by 2030".