Turkey: 1st lady stresses ending violence against women

Turkey: 1st lady stresses ending violence against women

Kerry Wise
November 26, 2017

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls - a day that reminds us that we all have a role to play in ending the world's most pervasive, yet one of the least recognized human rights abuses.

Data from the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), one in five women have experienced physical violence since age 15; six in 100 women reported having experienced sexual violence; four percent of women experienced physical violence during pregnancy, but only three of 10 women have sought help to stop the violence.

"Violence against women and children is preventable through strengthened awareness, government funding, strict implementation of existing laws and enhanced inter-agency coordination, both at the domestic and worldwide level", she added. Violence against women includes child marriage, domestic violence and sexual violence, rape as a weapon of war and human trafficking.

If these statistics don't spur you to take action against violence against women, then one can only wonder what will.

Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said, "Unions are leading the way in eradicating violence against women at work, and the support of a strong global legal instrument is essential". To achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, more vigorous efforts are required, including legal frameworks, to counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination that often results from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms.

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The U.N.'s "Orange the World" campaign will attempt to raise awareness about the violent realities faced by numerous world's women and girls.

Insp. Gord Friesen of the Winnipeg police said gender-based violence accounts for the largest volume of calls to the police service.

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

Yet despite its pervasiveness, violence against women is not inevitable - and it is preventable. Together we can ensure that women and girls everywhere can live free of violence.

Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Turkey's first lady Emine Erdogan on Saturday said that Turkey will continue its efforts to combat violence against women.