Participate in the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence

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Violence against women in the 21st century continues unabated. Each and every violent act leaves an indelible mark on the affected community. The United Nations created the International Day on The Elimination of Violence Against Women in 1984 to commemorate the November 25th, 1960, murder of Patricia, Minerva, and Maria Teresa Mirabal. The Mirabal sisters were brutally murdered owing to their efforts to form a movement to overthrow President Rafael Trujillo’s government, in Dominican Republic.

The United Nation’s 1993 Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women reflects that gender-based violence, which includes “physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life” is defined as violence against women. It is estimated that roughly “35% of women and girls globally experience some form of physical and or sexual violence in their lifetime with up to seven in ten women facing this abuse in some countries".

At its World Conference in La Plata, Argentina, in 2010, the World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC) firmly took position against gender-based violence stating that ‘’community radio stations express their solidarity and denounce all forms of sexual or gender violence, from domestic violence to armed conflict.’’ (…) and asking ‘’States and governments for the recognition of the UN Convention for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, the Platform for Action of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.’’

Community radio serves as an agent of change to end gender-based violence. All abuse against women restricts their freedom of expression and limits the ways in which girls and women express themselves and serve to silence them. Community radio empowers women’s freedom of expression and serves as an agent to empower them to proudly voice their inalienable rights.

The World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC) invites every producer and journalist of community radio to participate in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence by sending your programmes and documents related to gender-based violence via We Transfer to secretariat@si.amarc.org before December 10, 2014, Human Rights Day. AMARC will give all the programmes received visibility on its website and social media.

 

We thank you and hope for a large participation!

 

Women's International Network (WIN) statement

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