A high level event calls on prevention and management of Gender-based violence in Ethiopia

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A high level event has called on prevention and management of Gender-based violence in Ethiopia. The event has brought together officials from different ministries, parliamentarians, UN Agencies, victims and non-governmental organizations. Attendants at the high level meeting have inspected results that have been achieved over the years against gender-based violence with various programs. The high level event was held to challenge violence against women and girls in Ethiopia as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. Speaking on the occasion Women and Children Affairs Minister Demitu Hambissa called on participants to invest in addressing the root cause of gender based violence.
“Gender Based Violence is one of the most widespread under persisted violations of the rights of women and girls weather it takes physical, sexual or economic forms. It is a clear sign that the fight against poverty and injustice will only be fruitful if we invest in addressing the roof cause of gender inequality and gender based violence.”
Demitu further noted Ethiopia’s persuasion to address the issue through the preparation of a new strategic plan.
“Ethiopia is perusing a strategic plan toward integrated and multi-sectoral response to violence against women. The strategic plan focuses on prevention, protection and response mechanism in the fight against gender based violence.”
Worldwide an estimated one-in-three women experience physical or sexual gender based abuse in her life time.
“It is public knowledge that gender based violence is one of the most prevalent human rights violation in the world,” said First Secretary of Health at the Embassy the Netherlands in Ethiopia, Marco Gerritsen.
“Worldwide an estimated one-in-three women will experience physical or sexual gender based abuse in her life time. Violence affects women and girls of all ages. Violence against women is unacceptable and damages them and their families and communities for generations to follow. Violence breads violence,” he added.
The high level event was organized by the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, the Embassy of the Netherlands and the United Nations Population Fund. The 16 days of activism campaign runs every year from November 25 to December 10.
By Kiram Tadesse