Action to end violence against women and girls ‘needed now more than ever’ – Global Issues

“Nearly one in two women reported that she or a woman they know has experienced some form of violence.“, – said Amina Mohammed on Commonwealth says no more violence against women an event that takes place as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) begins in Rwanda’s capital.

Pointing to the increase in the incidence at home, in public and online spaces, she invited participants to observe a minute of silence for the victims and survivors.

consequences of COVID

This was facilitated by social isolation, restrictions on movement and the economic impact caused by COVID.

The pandemic has proven a real threat to the progress made towards achieving SDG5 on advancing gender equality and empowering womenand the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls,” explained the Deputy Head of the UN.

It also exposed the weakness of systems to meet the needs of survivors even as new battles break out, further increasing the risk of conflict-related sexual violence.

Challenge Progress

Despite the difficulties, Ms. Mohammed was “emboldened” that many governments, civil society organizations, UN agencies and others have taken action to stop this scourge.

“By the end of 2021, our research showed that more than 1,600 gender-sensitive measures had been taken in response to the pandemic in 196 countries and territories,” she said, adding that more than half of them were aimed at combating violence against women and girls.

And there is a need to give hope to affected women and girls through actions ranging from funding women’s rights organizations to integrating ending violence into pandemic response and recovery plans, as well as strengthening social protection and data collection, “because we know we are not to count, not to count,” said the deputy head of the UN.

sparks of light

Speaking of positive developments, she noted that civil society and governments are finding new ways to work together to combat this scourge.

She quoted Initiative in the spotlight as well as Generation Equality Forum as “two successful examples of the positive impact of multilateralism and cooperation to end violence against women and girls”.

The Spotlight initiative has helped provide 1.6 million women and girls in more than 25 countries with services related to gender-based violence, and about 2.5 million young people have joined programs that promote the norms and values ​​of gender equality.

“About 130 million people have been reached with behavior and mindset change campaigns; $179 million has been allocated to civil society organizations,” she told participants.

Addressing last year’s Generation Equality Forum, Ms. Mohammed noted that it marked the beginning Action Coalition Against Gender Violencewhich has attracted over 1,000 commitments in priority areas.

‘Repel’

These and other efforts “have never been more needed,” she said.

“At a time when women’s rights are being violated in many places around the world, we need to fight back… seize every opportunity to transform the patterns of inequality and discrimination and stand firmly on the path to gender equality,” the Deputy Secretary of State emphasized. -General.

She called on Member States, civil society and private sector partners to mobilize action against gender-based violence by investing in long-term preventive action to address the root causes of violence.

“It is vital that strategies to prevent and end gender-based violence are part of all recovery efforts as we emerge from COVID-19 pandemic,” she said, adding that “leadership and action to combat violence against women and girls is needed now more than ever.”

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