The 16 days of activism encompass other significant dates: International Women Human Rights Defenders Day on November 29, World AIDS Day on December 1, and December 6: The National Day of Action and Remembrance on Violence Against Women, which commemorates the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre at l'École Polytechnique in 1989.
The UN mission in Afghanistan stressed that alongside the effective legal and institutional mechanisms for access to justice, stopping violence against women requires an effort from all of us, from every individual, to speak out against violence in homes, workplaces and social settings. We are also grateful to Ontario's Roundtable on Violence Against Women and the Executive and Provincial Committees to End Violence Against Indigenous Women for their invaluable and ongoing advice.
The Ministry of Family and Social Policies reported that over 80 percent of women in the country have encountered some kind of physical or psychological violence from a family member, while one out of 15 girls has been sexually harassed at least once in her lifetime. Next year's ILO Conference in June will discuss the development of worldwide labour standards on violence against women and men at work, and the trade union movement is calling for a strong global convention to be adopted. This included the introduction of new laws, such as the Prevention of Human Trafficking Act and the Protection from Harassment Act, as well as enhancements to the Women's Charter to provide greater protection for women. "And it exposed how a culture of entitlement, where there are no consequences for sexual crimes, has left many women tormented in silence". 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.More news: Islamabad crackdown: Protesters ransack Law Minister Zahid Hamid's house in Pasrur
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Together we can ensure that women and girls everywhere can live free of violence.
The United Nations wants to end violence against women.
This day, which begins 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, is an important opportunity to raise awareness about violence against women and all violence based on gender and to recognize and support those who have experienced abuse.