This is an old article, but the issue itself is worth for debate.
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!!!
Published on Friday, December 29, 2006
Letter to the Editor
THE CAMBODIA DAILY
Though public servants are elected and delegated to serve and protect the people’s interest, in most cases in Cambodia public servants work for their own interest, not for the people. This contradicts the univer sal slogan of “Government of the people, for the people, and by the people.” In Cambodia, we may say “Government of the party, for its officials, and by the people.” This is demonstrated in the case of the 12-year-old Siem Reap province girl who was allegedly raped by three police officers at their commune post. There seems no real commitment from either the provincial police or the court to perform their roles to bring the case to justice (“Police Yet to File Warrants on Alleged Child-Rapist” Dec 22, page 18). In many cases, justice can be bought for cash. In the Siem Reap case the father of one of the suspects tried to buy his son’s way out of trial by offering the victim’s mother $500. Is the girl’s virginity-in a society that treats virginity as the most important thing worth this amount of money? I appeal to officials and the courts to take justice into consideration, and to double the punishment for those officials who are part of the executive body who violate the law. Impunity must be abolished otherwise the rule of law will not be respected.