November 25, is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. On this date, I would like to reiterate the commitment made by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s in his “UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign” for the UN to support Governments and peoples to eliminate violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.
As you may be already aware, violence against women and girls is a major health and human rights concern in Sri Lanka. It adversely affects the wellbeing of women, men and children. Every year the Forum against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), chaired by UNFPA, campaigns to prevent and end violence against women and to strengthen the multi-sectoral responses to GBV.
To commemorate the16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – which begins on 25th November, the UN designated International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends on 10th December, the International Human Rights Day – this year, too, the Forum against GBV, under the theme of “ACT – COMMIT – DEMAND – WE CAN END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN”, will be conducting a range of events in Colombo and outside, starting with a billboard campaign at the Fort Railway station on 25thNovember 2009 followed by other interactive activities to create awareness on GBV for commuters and the general public.
As stated by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, “We must unite. Violence against women cannot be tolerated, in any form, in any context, in any circumstance, by any political leader or by any government”. Together WE CAN.
More information is available also in the enclosed press release. If you wish to join any programmes during the 16 Days campaign please, please contact Ms. Shamila Daluwatte, NPO Gender, UNFPA, via 077 7876900, or Ms. Kamani Jinadasa, GBV Forum Facilitator, via 077 3063609.