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

Sheri Evans
November 26, 2017

Those 16 days start from today, 25th November to 10th December, which is Human Rights Day.

Violence against women is the most extreme form of discrimination.

Gender-based violence, along with harmful practices, such as child marriage and female genital mutilation, are human rights violations that rob women and girls of their futures and undermine their health and well-being are strictly prohibited by worldwide human rights law including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

A civil society activist, Nargis, said efforts made for elimination of violence against women during the past one decade had produced no considerable results. Most of the awful crimes against women are made in less developed countries.

Nearly half of the women who were killed in 2012 were killed by either partners or family members, compared to 6% of men.

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He said violence against women, both physical and mental, "happens everywhere and its consequences last for generations", and "this poses threats to social fabrics of societies around the globe". 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. To "leave no one behind", one of the guiding principles of the 2030 Agenda, we must end the violence that leaves women and girls behind on every continent and in every country. 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.

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

On this day, let us remember that all of us have a critical role to play in ending violence against women. According to the data, 43% of women in the European Union have endured forms of psychological violence by their partners.

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) was celebrated on Saturday in the capital of northern Balkh province, where more than 400 cases of crimes against the gender were recorded this year.

Violence against women and girls remains high in the country despite efforts to eradicate the vice.

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