Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation. And it is
perhaps the most pervasive. It knows no boundaries of geography, culture, or wealth. As long as it continues, we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality, development, and peace. ?UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, 1999
What is Gender-Based Violation?
?Any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life?. –UN Declaration on Violation Against Women.
Is Gender-Based Violation is private or public matter?
?Until recently gender based violence (GBV) was viewed as a private or family matter. However, there has been a shift in thinking in the last few years about this topic and it is now viewed as both a public health problem and a human right violation?. Practical Guide Approach to GBV/ UNFPA, Pilot edition 2001, NY
A role play of an Advocacy Campaign
Here is advocacy campaign presentation by diversified participants from the 2007 International Human Rights Training Program, organized by Equitas, Canada.
Police will laugh when a woman run to them and complained that her husband rapped her.
But it should not be fun at all. It is the appeal for help to stop Marital Rape!!!