February 8, 2018 at 7:47 pm #6377
Human beings are born free and equal, both in rights and in dignity. This is the fundamental principle enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On 10 December nearly 70 years ago, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first international assertion of the “highest aspiration of the common people”, including the “promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms”, and “… a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want”.
Every four minutes, three young women become infected with HIV (UNAIDS Right to Health report, 2017). They are clearly not enjoying their right to health, nor will they, until we are able to reverse the inequalities and discrimination that fuel HIV spread and encourage violence against women and girls.
To end violence against women and girls, men playing a vital role in bringing change. Challenging sexism, male dominance and male privilege as society’s norm starts with modeling positive masculinities. Parents can instill principles of equality, rights and respect as they raise their sons; and men can call out their peers for the behaviours that are now being understood as the unacceptable tip of the harassment iceberg. This means bringing women and girls as equals into everything that concerns them, and planning solutions to end violence with those who have been previously dismissed, sidelined or excluded. As a global community, how can we act now to end violence against women and girls, to change institutions and work together to end discrimination, restore human rights and dignity, and leave no one behind?February 9, 2018 at 2:16 pm #6380
Gender based violence is sustained by silence; therefore the continued under reporting of such perpetuates the culture of violence. The cultural setup of patriarchy mostly in Africa has also sustained gender-based violence . There is need for victims of gender-based violence to speak out and seek justice in order to reduce the incidences. Gender based violence is a violation of human rights and should be condemned in the home and in society at large.It is also of paramount importance that we have a huge involvement of men in whatever initiative that we doing in putting gender based violence to an end.The violence experienced by women takes place mostly within the privacy of their homes and, to a large extent, has contributed to a culture of silence as regards the health consequences and, in particular, the reproductive and sexual health ramifications of gender-based violence in the lives of girls and women across all social strata. Religious and cultural beliefs, as well as downright criminality, are some of the factors responsible for the disregard for women’s rights. Ending GBV should start at family level; there is need for awareness raising at the family level. The issues of GBV must not be left to the Government alone; everyone must take part to reduce incidences of violence.It is high time we walk communities through a process of change. Our major tool will be dialogue. We need to influence individuals to reflect on their own lives and relationships and use these as the starting point for initiating change.
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