For the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which starts today, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on the 10 December, the International Human Rights Day, the North-South Centre is joining the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign. Organised under the umbrella of the Generation Equality campaign marking the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, this year’s campaign is calling for a united front against rape: “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!”
At the heart of the campaign and the North-South Centre’s work are the survivors of gender-based violence and grassroots activists. The North-South Centre has been committed at combating violence against women in the Euro-Mediterranean region, mainly by advocating for the recognition of the work of women organisations and women’s defenders who are in the forefront of combating violence against women and girls. Furthermore, the North-South Centre has always made a point promoting the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women (the Istanbul Convention) as significant tool to end violence against women. In this regard and since 2018, we are working with women’s rights defenders from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia for the development of concrete ground-based action to combat violence against women. As a result, handbook on victims/survivors protection and due diligence in Southern Mediterranean region developed by civil society experts will be launched in 2020 together with two new projects within its Women Empowerment programme:
WE combat violence against women: In cooperation with women organisations, the project is focused on the regional cooperation in the European and Southern Mediterranean regions to strengthen of a common understanding and condemnation of violence against women while supporting awareness and training actions on the victim-centred approach.
WE promote equality and diversity: In cooperation with media and education actors, the project will raise the issue of intersecting discriminations against women in the Euro-Mediterranean region through awareness, educational and inclusion approaches, as well as trainings of journalists.
This year, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women coincide with the first day of the 25th edition of the Lisbon Forum dedicated to the contribution of the Council of Europe to the United Nations Sustainable Goals of Development (SDGs). Acknowledging that women's empowerment is a key factor for achieving the SDGs, the questions of gender equality and women’s rights will be mainstreamed within the Lisbon Forum programme.
The North-South Centre will also participate to the 16 days of activism by campaigning on social media for the effective protection of all women and girls’ victim of gender-based violence and the end of the impunity, so follow us and participate with us!
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