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Turkey: 1st lady stresses ending violence against women

26 November 2017

To achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, more vigorous efforts are required, including legal frameworks, to counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination that often results from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms.

TORONTO-Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says men must do more to put an end to gender-based violence against women and girls. Pakistan is the world's third most risky county for women.

According to the data, 35% of the world's women have experienced physical or sexual violence.

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"While our society has made great advances towards recognizing women's rights and achieving gender equality, we can not stop until we have put an end to gender-based violence once and for all".

Lack of funding is one of the major challenges to efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls worldwide.

According to womenhomicide.com data, 260 women were murdered by their male partners, husbands or family members a year ago across Turkey. The European Union and the United Nations launched the Spotlight Initiative to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls. November 25 is International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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Among other efforts, the United Nations launched a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment and has said that it is committed to continuing the "UNiTE to End Violence against Women" Campaign, under the new title "UNiTE by 2030". Frameworks that include a specific target for ending violence against women and girls, offer huge promise but must be adequately funded in order to bring real and significant changes in the lives of women and girls.

In a statement issued on Saturday, to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the start of th 16 days of activities aimed at raising awareness, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Tadamichi Yamamoto said: "Violence against women in Afghanistan must immediately stop".

"Girls' meaningful participation in decision-making will only strengthen our approach to addressing these issues".

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Orange is the official colour of the campaign, which is why various capitals around the world express their solidarity by lighting their main buildings in orange.

Turkey: 1st lady stresses ending violence against women