Global Truce 2012
"Reducing Domestic Violence" Coalition
Every day, women are stalked,
harassed, raped, mutilated, forced by their family to enter into a marriage,
sterilised against their will or psychologically and physically abused in
the “safety” of their own homes. The examples of violence against women are
endless, its victims countless. Many women are afraid or ashamed to seek
help, often paying for their silence with their lives. Those that do speak
out are not always heard. Domestic violence is another form of violence that
is far too common and that affects not only women, but men, children and the
elderly as well.
The Council of Europe efforts to
eliminate violence against women started in the 90s and have crystallized in
the adoption in 2011 of the
Convention on preventing and combating violence
against women and domestic violence,, the Istanbul Convention.
The Istanbul Convention is the most
far-reaching international treaty in this field. It aims at zero tolerance
for violence against women and domestic violence and is a major step forward
in preventing violence, protecting victims and ending with impunity. It
provides a model for concrete action both in Europe and beyond. Achieving
ratification by a maximum of States has become a major objective.
Peace One Day has partnered with “The Eliminate Domestic Violence Global Foundation” to support the Global Truce 2012 campaign. The global initiative was launched in London on 21st of March 2012. “Reducing Domestic Violence” brings together a coalition of partners dedicated to reducing domestic violence worldwide on Peace Day 21 September 2012. For more information on being part of the Coalition and taking action to reduce domestic violence please visit: http://peaceoneday.org/global-truce/