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Forum joins the rest of the world in commemorating 16 Days of Activism
against Gender Based Violence
November 26, 2013
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The Youth Forum joins Zimbabwe and the rest of the world in commemorating
16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence. The 16 Days of
Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign continues with the
theme “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s
Challenge Militarism and End Violence against Women!” in 2013.
The 16 Days Campaign will focus on three priority areas while underlining
the intersections of economic and social rights with militarism
and gender-based violence: 1) Violence Perpetrated by State Actors:
State actors use the threat or act of violence to maintain or attain
power; 2) Domestic Violence and the Role of Small Arms; 3) Sexual
Violence During and After Conflict.
These are the 16 days between International Day for the Elimination
of Violence Against Women (25 November) and International Human
Rights Day (10 December) to reinforce the fact that eliminating
all forms of violence against women is a human rights issue, and
that the act of perpetrating violence against women is a human rights
violation. The 16 day period marks various dates which have a strong
link to Gender Based Violence.
The matter of
women being subjected to violence and discriminated from the access
to education and other important resources like land and minerals
and basic human rights is no news to Zimbabwe.
For a long
time women in Zimbabwe has been subjected to all forms of discrimination
and gender based violence.
The Youth Forum would however, like to commend the Zimbabwean government
for their significant efforts in ending the gender discrimination
and gender-based violence.
Though mostly perceived as a private matter, evidence has proven
Gender Based Violence to be a serious threat to women’s health
and development and an issue affecting women all over the world.
by the World Bank and GBC Wealth concluded violence against women
to be as serious a cause of death and incapacity amongst women of
reproductive age as leading causes of injury such as traffic accidents,
and is a greater cause of ill health than cancer and malaria put
together (World Bank, 1993, GBC Wealth 2011).
As Youth Forum we believe that women and men must have equal opportunities
to generate and manage income is an important step toward realizing
women’s rights, as stated under the Convention on the Elimination
of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). This would
also enhance their development, self-esteem, and influence both
within the household and in society (UNICEF, 2007).
As Youth Forum
we think improving women’s economic rights requires long-term
strategies aimed at challenging the prevailing structures. The multifaceted
nature of economic abuse requires the involvement of government
and stakeholders at all levels.
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