Campaign to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence

16 Days of Activism to eliminate gender-based violence launched

Iraq joined the United Nations and the rest of the world today to mark the start of the world campaign for 16 Days to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence.

The campaign continues until 10 December when the world celebrates Human Rights Day. The 16 days against gender-based violence puts the human rights of women and girls at the center of world and Iraqi attention.

“When women suffer from violence, it means that half of the society does not respect itself,” said Ms. Intisar Al-Jobouri representing the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament at a high-level conference in Baghdad, organized to kick-start the campaign. “Women and men must be equal. Women must be enabled to fly with both wings, not just with one,” she added.

The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande, praised the steps being taken by the Government of Iraq to promote women’s empowerment including the law against trafficking adopted in 2012, the National Strategy on Combating Violence Against Women endorsed in 2013, and the National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security passed in 2014.

Ms. Grande said “With so much happening in Iraq, and with so much happening to women and girls, the focus now has to be on turning these plans, policies and legislation into action.”

The impact of conflict, insecurity, impunity, collapsing economic conditions and rising radicalization and extremism impact directly on Iraqi women’s daily lives making them highly vulnerable to violence inside and outside their homes. At least 1 in 3 women worldwide suffer physical or sexual violence.

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