Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Say NO - UNiTE to end violence against women is a campaign currently being handled by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.

The 16 days of Activism: No Violence against women and children is a United Nations campaign that is annually held from the 25th of November (International Day for the elimination of Violence against Women) to the 10th of December (International Human Rights day). The major part of the campaign is taking place in South Africa, a country which is known for high-levels of violence against women and children.

No country is immune from this type of violence or exempt from the responsibility to put an end to it. The global vision of UNiTE is to make the world a better place for all irrespective of their gender identities.

According to the United Nations website, an unknown fact is that in many states there are no specific legal provisions against domestic violence and that marital rape is not a lawful offence in more than 50 countries. UNiTE works alongside governments in different countries in a bid to develop and implement national laws and supports women (victims and survivors) from all walks of life to get their deserved rights and respect in the society.

The Role of Men

Men who maintain silence and tolerate the use of violence and dominance over women are normalizing the gender inequality and negative stereotypes in countries are equally responsible of the rise in crime rates and violence towards women.

“Men must teach each other that real men do not violate or oppress women- and that a women’s place is not just in the home or the field, but in schools, offices and boardrooms,” said Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the launch of the ‘Network of Men leaders’ in 2009.  

Show your Support

The South Africans are called to support the campaign by wearing a white ribbon to show their solidarity. Wear a white ribbon and create greater awareness about this campaign.

You can even log onto the website http://www.saynotoviolence.org. Register, take an action and support the campaign ‘No Violence against Women and Children.’

Report by Qudsiya Siddiqui