Since 1999, the 25th of November has been dedicated to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by the United Nations. Organisations and governments are encouraged to use the date to raise awareness on a major problem which concerns at least one out of every three women around the world.
The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), an EPHA member, issued the following statement on the 2010 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
On International Day for the elimination of Violence against Women, the International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF EN) is delighted to see the work the Council of Europe is doing in drafting a new Convention to prevent and combat all forms of gender-based violence.
Today, discrimination, stigma, fear and violence pose real threats to many women and young girls. These threats and the actions they trigger – ranging from domestic violence, forced marriage to female genital mutilation – prevent many women from attaining basic sexual rights and health.
Gender-based violence constitutes a sexual rights violation. Sexuality-related harm includes both violence and abuse of a physical, verbal, psychological, economic and sexual nature as well as violence against individuals because of their gender and/or sexuality.
IPPF EN affirms that all people have the right to life, liberty and to be free of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in all cases, and particularly on account of gender.
We hope that the new Convention on Preventing and combating violence against women and Domestic violence the Council of Europe has decided to draw up will become a useful instrument, to help create a world in which the freedom, equality and dignity of all women are guaranteed, especially in the areas of their lives related to sexuality.
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