Peace Day 2013
Reducing Domestic Violence Coalition
Violence against women is one of the most flagrant violations of human rights; an issue which concerns all countries in the world. It touches women from all walks of life, irrespective of cultural, religious, economic, social or geographical backgrounds. It happens everywhere: in the “safety” of their own homes, at work, in the streets and in the media among others. 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. The examples of violence against women are endless, its victims countless. Many women are too afraid or ashamed to seek help, often paying for their silence with their lives. Those that do speak out are not always heard. With the adoption of the Istanbul Convention in 2011, the 47 member States of the Council of Europe made an important step towards the recognition of their responsibilities in addressing this concern.
The Council of Europe's contribution
Peace Day on 21 September 2013 will focus
on raising awareness of violence against women and domestic violence, the
Istanbul Convention as a tool to end gender based violence, and the
No Hate Speech Movement.
Panel participants include:
Baroness Scotland QC - Founder and Patron of the Eliminate Domestic Violence Global Foundation,
Marja Ruotanen - Director of the Justice and Human Dignity Directorate, Council of Europe,
Laura Bates - Founder of the Everyday Sexism Project,
Dariusz Grzemny - Youth Worker, No Hate Speech Movement,
Monique Coleman - Peace One Day Education Ambassador and UN Youth Champion,
Madi Sharma - Social entrepreneur and founder of the Madi Group.
You can join and become part of a global network of broadcasters in support of Peace Day 21 September. For more information please visit: http://peaceoneday.org/2013-celebration/