“Say NO, UNITE against gender-based violence” Commemoration for UN Staff Members and Partners

Wednesday 9th December

The UN with a few partners commemorated the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. The outdoor event comprised of discussions on Inheritance Rights with UN Staff, entertainment acts, as well as interaction with the media – around gender and related issues.

From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. Violence against women takes many forms – physical, sexual, psychological, and economic. The damage to women is unspeakable and crosses the boundaries of age, race, economic status, or nationality. The international campaign originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991.

In Lesotho, although the Sexual Offenses Act 2003 protects women from all forms of sexual violence and recognizes marital rape as an offence, enforcement and implementation of this law is slow and cultural norms and practices still promote gender discrimination. According to preliminary findings of “The Violence Against Women Baseline Study” conducted by Genderlinks[1] in 2014 86% of women in Lesotho have experienced some form of GBV in their lifetime while 41% of men admitted perpetration. However, violence is acceptable under NO circumstances.

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women invites you to “Orange the world: End violence against women and girls.” This year’s theme “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All!” reminds us all to join in advancing the right to education and challenging violence, discrimination, and inequity in education at the intersection of gender, race or ethnicity, religion, real or perceived sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and other social identifiers.

 

For more information please contact:

Ms. Puleng Letsie, Team leader of The Joint UN Group on Gender, Human Rights and Youth, at letsiepr@unaids.org; Mobile 5887 0945 or Ms Sylvia Khabele at sylvia.khabele@one.un.org ; Mobile: / Office  (+266) 22313790

[1] Formed in March 2001, Gender Links (GL) is a Southern African NGO, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa that promotes gender equality and justice across the fifteen countries of the region.