Campaign against gender-based violence | EUNewsletter

Campaign against gender-based violence

9 December 2016
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On 25 November the world stood together against gender-based violence (GBV) by launching the ’16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence’ international campaign. This is an annual event which invites individuals and organisations to hold events aiming to draw public attention to this issue.
Representatives of the international community gathered to start the campaign and raise awareness about the verbal and physical violence and abuse that Armenian women and girls face. They also renewed their commitment to working with Armenian partners to protect the rights of women and girls, as well as to promoting women’s empowerment in Armenia.

ars_8098Dirk Lorenz, the Acting Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, welcomed the launch of the campaign: ‘Domestic violence and violence against women continue to be serious challenges. We are ready to help Armenia, and that’s why we have implemented the first human rights budget sector support programme. We are contributing to reform efforts, one of which is the adoption of the Law on Domestic Violence. While we welcome the efforts of the Armenian government, we feel that the situation is not progressing as quickly as we had hoped. We are looking forward to seeing a new Draft Law on Domestic Violence and renewed energy towards completing this process’.
Bradley Busetto, the UN resident Coordinator in Armenia, delivered a joint statement on behalf of the United Nations Armenia office, the US and UK Embassies, the OSCE office in Yerevan, and the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan.
On 2 December, within the framework of the campaign, the EU Delegation to Armenia held events in Vanadzor. That day Ambassador Piotr Świtalski met with Euroclub members, students and CSOs in Vanadzor. The Ambassador discussed domestic violence in Armenia and answered participants’ questions.
Ambassador Świtalski later attended the “Music plays against Domestic Violence” classical concert with Aram Khachaturian trio in Vanadzor, where he shared the EU’s vision for women’s empowerment in the country: ‘When you look at legislation in Armenia, women enjoy equal rights. However, in reality, pressure, discrimination and outdated thinking is still prevalent against women. The European Union promotes women’s empowerment – women are the biggest unused potential in Armenia. Therefore,we want to support the involvement of women in politics, business and all other sectors. It’s not a coincidence that most of the pieces of music we will hear tonight have been composed by women’.
The ‘16 Days of Activism’ campaign runs from 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10 December, International Human Rights Day.

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Campaign against gender-based violence

On 25 November the world stood together against gender-based violence (GBV) by launching the '16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence' international campaign. This is an annual event which invites individuals and organisations to hold events aiming to draw public attention to this issue. Representatives of the international community gathered to start the campaign and raise awareness about the verbal and physical violence and abuse that Armenian women and girls face. They also renewed their commitment to working with Armenian partners to protect the rights of women and girls, as well as to promoting women’s empowerment in Armenia. ars_8098Dirk Lorenz, the Acting Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, welcomed the launch of the campaign: 'Domestic violence and violence against women continue to be serious challenges. We are ready to help Armenia, and that's why we have implemented the first human rights budget sector support programme. We are contributing to reform efforts, one of which is the adoption of the Law on Domestic Violence. While we welcome the efforts of the Armenian government, we feel that the situation is not progressing as quickly as we had hoped. We are looking forward to seeing a new Draft Law on Domestic Violence and renewed energy towards completing this process'. Bradley Busetto, the UN resident Coordinator in Armenia, delivered a joint statement on behalf of the United Nations Armenia office, the US and UK Embassies, the OSCE office in Yerevan, and the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan. On 2 December, within the framework of the campaign, the EU Delegation to Armenia held events in Vanadzor. That day Ambassador Piotr Świtalski met with Euroclub members, students and CSOs in Vanadzor. The Ambassador discussed domestic violence in Armenia and answered participants’ questions. Ambassador Świtalski later attended the "Music plays against Domestic Violence" classical concert with Aram Khachaturian trio in Vanadzor, where he shared the EU’s vision for women’s empowerment in the country: ‘When you look at legislation in Armenia, women enjoy equal rights. However, in reality, pressure, discrimination and outdated thinking is still prevalent against women. The European Union promotes women’s empowerment – women are the biggest unused potential in Armenia. Therefore,we want to support the involvement of women in politics, business and all other sectors. It's not a coincidence that most of the pieces of music we will hear tonight have been composed by women’. The ‘16 Days of Activism’ campaign runs from 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10 December, International Human Rights Day. c2d82d83ebc734508ca3f4273870fab351c958e7ac40fd7aeapimgpsh_fullsize_distr