Campaign for 16 days of activism against gender-based violence launched in Tajikistan

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Key issues discussed during the event reportedly included the importance of acting and facilitating dialogue and transformations within families and communities and mobilizing youth, social media and civil society to prevent GBV and challenge harmful stereotypes and social norms and promote positive alternatives, through engagement of men both young and old.

 

This year, #16DaysOfActivism campaign took place in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic during which countries around the world have seen an alarming increase in the prevalence of gender-based violence during lockdowns, access to and funding for services as decreased and frontline service providers have reprioritized pandemic response.

 

Nearly one in five women worldwide has experienced violence in the past year globally. In Tajikistan the government-issued Demographic and Health Survey data from 2017 showed that one in three women has experienced gender-based violence.

 

Ms. Hilolbi Qurbonzoda, Chairperson of the Committee on Family and Women Affairs under the Government of Tajikistan, emphasized in her opening remarks that the Government of Tajikistan is strong in its determination to end violence against women and girls and provide them with all opportunities for harmonious development and meaningful contribution to the development processes. “We appreciate the unique important role development partners play assisting the Government in achieving SDGs and promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment,” she said.

 

The theme of the 2020 campaign is “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!” and reflects growing global priority actions to address the needs of women and girls experiencing gender-based violence and especially as it has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

To demonstrate their commitment, support, and solidarity with the global campaign, people all over the world light up their communities in orange, as the orange color symbolizes a brighter, free of violence future for women and girls.

 

In Tajikistan, the Orange Day campaign has been marked for several years, and this year traditional lighting ceremonies of landmark buildings by UN House, Office of the EU Delegation will be joined by other buildings in Dushanbe, including German Embassy, British Embassy, Swiss Development and Cooperation Office and Sozidanie Business Center, which will also be turned into orange color to show support to the campaign and global solidarity to eradicate all forms of violence against women and girls.

 

Source: Asia Plus