Women working in transport, health, education, public services, entertainment and every other area of the economy experience violence, and it's time that governments and employers accept their responsibility to work with unions to end it. The most recent study in the region, conducted by FWRM in 2016 with 1013 women, found that one in five women in formal employment in Fiji had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace (Sexual harassment of women in the workplace in Fiji, 2016 follow up study, 2016[i]). This is unacceptable and can not be tolerated. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the executive director of UN Women, said in an interview ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) was celebrated on Saturday in the capital of northern Balkh province, where more than 400 cases of crimes against the gender were recorded this year.
Our government remains committed to ending violence against anyone based on their gender, gender expression and/or gender identity. To achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, more vigorous efforts are required, including legal frameworks, to counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination that often results from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms.
We call on everyone, in Bangladesh and around the world, to stand together against gender-based violence. We would like to thank those who participated in these engagement sessions. During these 16 days, it is important to remember that every person can be an activist against gender-based violence, an Ambassador for Change.
"We note the momentum already created by the #MeToo movement", said Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
Violence against women can be addressed through combined efforts of government, non-government organizations, academe, and the private sector, a senator said Friday.
"While our society has made great advances towards recognizing women's rights and achieving gender equality, we can not stop until we have put an end to gender-based violence once and for all".
"We're hoping that, through outreach through people seeing this video that more will be reported."