16 days of activism against gender-based violence
With the beginning of “Orange the World” campaign we’ll have 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, ending on 10 December with the Human Rights Day. It is directed by UN women whose purpose is to invest and mobilize to end violence against women around the world.
“The extent to which violence is embedded in society means that uprooting it is also a job for all of society. That includes men and women, the media and the religious community. We can work together to address the inequality and prejudice that enable and enflame violence against women and girls,” said UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Miambo-Ngcuka on an event on Monday.
According to UN Women figures one in three women experience violence in their lifetime, often in the hands of someone they know and trust.
“Violence against women and girls imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies,” said Secretary Genral Mr. Ban Ki-moon on his message on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. He argued gender-based violence is an obstacle to sustainable development. Women and girls cannot and should not have to afford to pay this price.
Violence also results in lost productivity for businesses, and drains resources from social services, the justice system and health-care agencies. The net result “is enormous suffering as well as the exclusion of women from playing their full and rightful roles in society,” stressed Mr. Ban Ki-moon.
Among other figures, UN Women reported more than 700 million women alive today were married as children (below 18 years old) and of those one in three were married before the age of 15. Also, about 120 million girls worldwide (more than 1 in 10) have experienced have experienced sexual violence at some point in their lives.Women account for almost half of all human trafficking victims detected globally and together with girls they account for about 70%.
Unfortunately, Latin America is not safest place for women. According to an UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs report Latin American women suffer the highest rate of physiological violence during their lifetime. Also, from the 25 countries with the highest rates of femicide 14 are Latin American.
In response to these, different protests took place on Friday in different Latin American cities:
In Bogota the protest was directed by Maria Isabel Covaeda. She was brutally beaten by her partner in September and became the symbol of gender-based violence in Colombia for this date.
In Buenos Aires thousands marched to Plaza de Mayo and chanted “Not one less, we want ourselves alive.” In the front a banner with red stains read, “violence against women always kills.”
In Chile, President Michelle Bachelet sign and send to the Parliament a legislation project which extends the feminicide crime to unmarried couples. In the country’s main cities people marched under the “not one less” slogan.
In Nicaragua, hundreds of women dressed in red marched in Managua against misogynist violence. In 2016 there’s been 45 reported cases of feminicide.
In Montevideo the Black Women Colectivity directed a manifestation. In the last 12 months 46 women were murdered in Uruguay, 30 of these cases were related to domestic violence, reported the government.
Protests also took place in Venezuela, Mexico, Guatemala and Peru.