Team effort needed to fight violence vs women: Legarda

Each year on November 25 the world marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, while for the next 16 days, from November 25 through to December 10 (Human Rights Day), the world will mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence to raise public awareness and mobilise people all over the world to bring about change. According to the United Nations, violence against women and girls across most countries include physical, sexual and psychological forms. Gender-based violence is a global issue, affecting millions each year, particularly the most vulnerable, including Afghan women and girls. "This, therefore, is to sound a warning to perpetrators out there that no one has the right to abuse another, no matter the situation so violence against women and girls has no justification", she added.

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

Violence against women and girls is a crime.

"For Afghan women to achieve their full potential and their huge capacity in development, in peace and in security, the violations of the rights of women and girls, particularly through violence, must cease", he said.

His comments also come at a time when industries ranging from politics to entertainment have been grappling with widespread allegations of sexual misconduct, commonly featuring unwanted overtures toward women.

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Research also shows that achieving gender equality helps in preventing conflict, and high rates of violence against women correlate with outbreaks of conflict.

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

This year's theme, "Leave No One Behind: End Violence Against Women and Girls", underscores the harsh fact that violence against women not only denies women and girls their rights, health and opportunities, but undermines all development efforts.

THE Fiji Women's Rights Movement (FWRM) marked the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence with the launching of the Grow, Inspire, Relate, Lead and Succeed (GIRLS) Theatre Program in Suva on Friday night. We stand together to say over 600 reported cases of rape in Bangladesh - in 2017 alone - 600 is too many.

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