Turkey: 1st lady stresses ending violence against women

Govt 'committed to protecting rights of women'

The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.

According to statistics, 47% of women and 40 % of men aged between 15 and 49 years have experienced either physical or sexual violence.

"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". "Intimate partner abuse, workplace sexual harassment, sexist jokes and even sexual assaults are played down and minimized".

"Girls are left more vulnerable in situations of violence and exploitation when their views are overlooked".

The worldwide community is turning attention to the violence that women and girls are dealing with on a global scale. The goal of this day is to call for global action on the cause of eliminating violence by achieving gender equality and the full empowerment of women. November 25 is International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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According to womenhomicide.com data, 260 women were murdered by their male partners, husbands or family members previous year across Turkey. 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.

"There is an increasing recognition that violence against women is a major barrier to the fulfillment of human rights, and a direct challenge to women's inclusion and participation in sustainable development and sustaining peace", said Guterres.

He also says gender-based violence disproportionately affects women of colour as well as women who identify as indigenous, trans or low-income. Frameworks that include a specific target for ending violence against women and girls, offer huge promise but must be adequately funded in order to bring real and significant changes in the lives of women and girls.

In the United States, more than one in four women in Washington DC reported experiencing sexual harassment on public transportation, 65 percent of women in the USA testified that they experienced harassment of some kind on the street, and 23 percent testified that they had experienced sexual harassment in the street.

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