INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Today 25th November 2019 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in the world today. It remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it. Sexual harassment is one such violence that clearly manifests the imbalance of power around violence against women. Women are much more likely to be victims of sexual harassment precisely because they more often than men lack power, are in more vulnerable and insecure positions, lack self-confidence, or have been socialized to suffer in silence.
In Nigeria, a person commits the offence of rape if he or she intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of another person with any other part of his or her body or anything else without the consent of the person being penetrated. Rape is also committed where the consent is obtained by force or means of threat or intimidation of any kind, by fear of harm, by means of false and fraudulent representation as to the nature of the act, the use of any additive substance capable of taking away the will of such person or in the case of married person by impersonating his or her spouse.
The 2019 theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is ‘Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape’ and like the previous years, this year’s International Day will mark the launch of 16 days of activism that will conclude on the 10th of December 2019, which is International Human Rights Day .
Youth Leadership Initiative for Social Justice is joining @UNWomen 16 days of activism campaign and the UNiTE Campaign in speaking up to condemn violence against women particularly in conflict/war areas. Join the advocacy and let your voice be heard, you may have information that can keep someone safe and alive.