Arab League, UN, Renew Commitment Against Gender-Based Violence

  • A joint statement issued by the three parties stated on this occasion that global activities to end violence against women and girls still exist.
  • The Arab League illuminated its building in orange for the first time in a historic event in solidarity with the campaign on Saturday.
  • The strategy included important clauses to eliminate violence against women and girls.

The League of Arab States, the UNFPA regional office for the Arab countries, and the UN Women ’s regional office for Arab states renewed their shared commitment and strong partnership during a meeting to prevent gender-based violence and support survivors of violence in the Arab region.

The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence.

A joint statement issued by the three parties stated on this occasion that global activities to end violence against women and girls still exist, in particular the “Sixteen Days to Combat Gender-Based Violence” campaign. The campaign started its activities on November 25, which marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and continues until December 10, on International Human Rights Day.

On this occasion, the Arab League illuminated its building in orange for the first time in a historic event in solidarity with the campaign on Saturday. In a statement, the League of Arab States affirmed that it pays special attention to addressing the elimination of violence against women. In March 2017, Arab leaders adopted the Cairo Declaration for Arab Women and the strategic executive plan, “Women Development Agenda in the Arab Region 2030,” during the meetings of the twenty-eighth session of the Arab Summit in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The strategy included important clauses to eliminate violence against women and girls and called in this regard for “the enjoyment of the right of women and girls to live in a society free from all forms of violence against women and the legal, social and health protection of all women and girls who suffer from violence and survivors of violence and its consequences.” In addition, in cooperation with the coalition of women from Arab countries to combat violence against women, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, the United Nations for Women and the League of Arab States are working to develop the first convention to eliminate violence against women and girls and domestic violence in the Arab region.

The Arab League is a regional organization of Arab states in and around North Africa, the Horn of Africa and Arabia. Currently, the League has 22 members, but Syria’s participation has been suspended since November 2011, as a consequence of government repression during the Syrian Civil War.

Dr. Ambassador Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the Social Affairs Sector at the League of Arab States, affirmed the League’s interest in working to achieve women’s rights. The Ambassador said if women and girls do not have equal opportunities to obtain high-quality education, employment opportunities, health, re-equalization of employment opportunities, ownership, justice, and leadership, women will deprive countries of an active, sustainable and prosperous future.

Equality and equal opportunity between the sexes can be considered a “docking station” to achieve all other sustainable development goals. Dr. Loay Shabana, Regional Director of the United Nations Population Fund for the Arab States, expressed his happiness at the pace of interest at all Arab levels and the support given to efforts to eliminate violence against women and girls. Shabana described UNFPA as one of the leading United Nations agencies in the field of work to promote gender equality and empower women and address the physical and psychological consequences of gender-based violence.

Moez Dureid, Acting Regional Director of the United Nations Women’s Organization for Arab Countries affirmed that the violence suffered by women and girls in their lives is a result of inequality and discriminatory social norms that see the contribution of women in our society as less than that of men.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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