16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Start

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The 16 days of activism against gender-based violence kicked off on Friday with a call on everyone to do something positive about eradicating the vice which is a serious development challenge.

The 16 days of activism against gender-based violence kicked off on Friday with a call on everyone to do something positive about eradicating the vice which is a serious development challenge.
 
Tina Musuya, the executive director of Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP), says the campaign is concentrated at the grassroots in order to have the most impact.
 
In Kampala, activities centred on Rubaga and Makindye divisions.
 
The 16 days of activism uses the days between International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women which falls on November 25 and the International Human Rights Day on December 10.
 
The campaign, according to Musuya, is intended to reinforce that eliminating all forms of violence against women is a human rights issue and that the act of perpetuating violence against women is a human rights violation.
 
This year’s national theme is “From Peace in a Home to Peace in the Nation: Prevent Violence against Women”.
 
In Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the activists have adopted the theme “Everyone; Everyday; Everyway: Prevent Violence against Women; Your Way!”
 
Musuya explains that that this year’s theme aims to introduce and maintain the idea that every day people within the communities can do something in their means to prevent violence against women.
 
She says all have a role to play in preventing violence against women, adding that cumulatively the efforts should alleviate the problem.
 
Musuya says every member of society can and must take action in their own way to contribute to the prevention of violence against women.
 
Everyday, says Musuya, and not just the 16 days should be for fighting violence against women because they suffer daily.
 
And in everyway, adds Musuya, small actions can lead to a big change.
 
Musuya explains that this year’s campaign is a reminder that whether small or large, individual or community, all action can contribute to changing the power imbalance between men and women.
 
She says a violence free relationship and community is everyone’s right hence the need to prevent violence against women.

 

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