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Say NO to violence against women – UNESCO

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By Mercy Kelani

IDEVAW is commemorated in remembrance of the Mirabal sisters.

The United Nations General Assembly, on December 1999, adopted Resolution 54/134 which assigns November 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. To commemorate this day, there is usually an annual 16 days of activism against gender-based violence – an international campaign – which runs from November 25 till December 10 – Human Rights Day. The observance of the annual 16 days of activism began in 1991 by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute and is continually under the coordination of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership.

With the death of three sisters – Patria Mercedes Mirabal, Maria Argentina Minerva Mirabal and Antonia Maria Teresa Mirabal – brought about the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. These sisters fought tirelessly to end the dictatorial rule of Trujillo but were murdered in the Dominican Republic on the orders of the Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo on November 25, 1960. To mark the anniversary of their deaths, women’s rights activists observed a day against violence since 1981.

Violence against women hinders equality and achievement of women’s rights.

The global theme for Year 2022’s 16 days of activism against gender-based violence is “UNITE! Activism to end violence against women and girls.” The campaign is an avenue for the organization of strategy by individuals and communities across the globe to raise awareness for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. In a bid to support the initiative of this civil society, there is a call by the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign (UNiTE campaign) for global actions to boost awareness and ensure advocacy efforts.

One of the most recurrent human rights violations around the world is violence against women and girls and is largely unreported as a result of stigma, impunity or shame. Violence could be in sexual, physical or psychological forms such as intimate partner violence; sexual violence and harassment; human trafficking; child marriage; and female genital mutilation. Violence against women is an obstacle towards the achievement of equality, development and peace and adherence to women and girls’ human rights.

Violence in Nigeria is largely owed to the country’s patriarchal nature.

In Nigeria, the major causes of violence against women are discrimination and inequality usually in form of domestic violence. There is a cultural belief in Nigeria, which is socially acceptable, that women can be hit as a medium of discipline. Although the Nigerian government take legal proceedings for the prosecution of men who abuse women in any form in many states, there is no reduction in the percentage of violence against women. These acts of violence are usually in the form of rape, torture, beatings, acid baths, molestation, corporal punishments, battery, and eventually death.

Nigerian women mostly face physical violence at the hands of family members, loved ones or the society with likely reasons for assault including financial issues, frustration, drunkenness, rejection of sexual advances, and relationship inequality – when the woman earns more than the husband. In social context, violence in Nigeria is largely based on its patriarchal society which uses violence as a means of wife chastisement. This act violates the fundamental human rights of women thereby making the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) difficult.

UNESCO organizes a presentation of the scope of violence against women.

On this occasion, there is usually an organization of exhibition for the presentation of the scope and depth of the violence against women across the globe including other initiatives that address the topic of violence against women by UNESCO. The exhibition begins on November 23 with an extension of it all through the 16 days of activism. To raise awareness and ensure advocacy, there will be a group picture of members of staff of UNESCO saying NO to violence against women with the use of umbrellas.


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Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

The stop to violence against women is very good initiative by UNESCO,this law will really help women to pursue their dream without molestation or restrictions from any quarter.

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

Any form of violence against women is a crime and it shouldn’t be accepted at all. We say no to discrimination against women. my one found culpable should be incarcerated.

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

The campaign provides a platform for individuals and communities from all around the world to organize their strategies for preventing and ending violence against women and girls.

jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

Women has really been marginalised and suffered from various forms of violence and thanks to several Ngo speaking against such and helping the women folk speak up for their rights.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

We learned this from activists who participated in the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute, and the Center for Women’s Global Leadership continues to be in charge of coordinating the event.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

It is good that the Dominican monarch ordered the assassination of these women in the Dominican Republic because of their arduous efforts to bring an end to Trujillo’s authoritarian rule in the Dominican Republic.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

The campaign provides a forum for people and groups all over the world to coordinate their efforts to end violence against women and girls.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

All should come together and fight for the woman, because some woman are suffering due to any violence, discrimination of woman should be stop and treat equally

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Individuals and groups from all around the globe can use this campaign as a hub for coordinating efforts to eradicate violence against women and girls.

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

It is unacceptable to condone or tolerate any kind of abuse against women. Defamation of women is not acceptable. Anyone who can be proven guilty should be locked up.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

People and organizations from all around the world are able to coordinate their efforts to put an end to violence against women and girls by using the platform that the campaign provides.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

UNESCO staff members will take a group photo under an umbrella to symbolize their collective rejection of violence against women.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

Many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have spoken out against the oppression of women and the brutality they have endured, and women’s voices have been amplified as a result.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

Due to the social stigma associated with reporting violations of human rights, violence against women and girls is one of the most common forms of abuse that occurs all over the world.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

It’s a shame that prejudice and inequality are the primary contributors to the problem of violence against women in Nigeria, most of which takes the form of domestic abuse.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

Despite several states in Nigeria having legal procedures for the punishment of men who abuse women in any manner, the rate of violence against women has not decreased.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

In order to attain equality, develop peacefully, and uphold the rights of women and girls, violence against women must end

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

Violence against women is a crime. In my opinion,this law will really help women. Good job from UNESCO..

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

violence against women against women is a very big crime. Women are have right to live a good life as they wish.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

It is very okay to always create awareness about gender violence through the very day of commemoration. It will allow a woman to know her right in the society.