16-day campaigns for elimination of violence against women being held nationwide

A member of women group shares her knowledge on prevention violence against girls.—WON
A member of women group shares her knowledge on prevention violence against girls.—WON

More than 20 women’s organizations and NGOs have organized 16-day campaigns for eliminating violence against women across the nation from 25 November to 10 December with the aim of promoting public awareness as well as creating more channels linked to the government, sources said.
“Men’s involvement plays a vital role in preventing and reducing violence against women,” said May Sabei Phyu, a director from the Gender Equality Network. An official added that nowadays, the country sees a lot of men’s participation in such public awareness campaigns. The campaign has been held in Myanmar since 2011.
As part of their activities, a series of educative programmes have been broadcast on television and radio. Also, a photo contest has been launched on Facebook in which people may send their photos related to the prevention of violence against women to www.facebook.com/16daysactivism2014. Other movements are scheduled to be held in 20 townships in 11 regions and states.
Currently, the Gender Equality Network, one of the women’s groups, is conducting research on women’s experience of abuse, aiming to develop evidence-based policies and programmes in the country. The report is estimated to be published in early 2015.
Women say that they need more effective laws to take action against thugs as the country sees an increasing number of incidents of violence against women, especially in suburban townships in Yangon as well as rural areas. The majority of such women are hesitant to complain about the difficulties they face.–GNLM

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