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“16 days activism against gender and domestic violence” Campaign
Датум: 11/25/2010
 
On the occasion of starting the International campaign “16 days of activism against gender and domestic violence”, WCI ANTIKO on 25.11.2010 (Thursday) starting at 11:00h, in NGO Info center- Skopje, a press conference will be held.
 
 
PRESS RELEASE
 
“16 days activism against gender and domestic violence” Campaign
 
The 20th Century indicators show that the position of women is starting to improve systematically with the implementation of statutory legislations as a result of adoption of international declarations, conventions and resolutions for improvement of gender equality and protection of women human rights. This trend is also active in our country, however, the analysis and the factual situation of the position of women in Republic of Macedonia and all over the world show that that occurrence is far from it: the rights are provided and gender equality is practiced, regardless of the cultural context of some religiously orientated countries.
 
Violence against women is one of the biggest problems of today. For solving this anti-civil, retrograde and destructive behavior, we should step up more energetic, thoroughly and decisively.
 
The results from the numerous researches made over the world and in R. Macedonia are presenting alarm information that the problem is very serious. In R. Macedonia, every second woman is victim of psychical violence, every 5th woman of physical violence, and every 10th of sexual violence.  
 
The roots of gender violence are deeply embedded in the gender inequality maintained by the patriarchal gender structures of power that determine the male superiority and female inferiority.
 
For the purpose of understanding the obstacles and the challenges that lead to achieving gender equality, an analysis of the political context is needed because woman’s rights and the implementation of the laws, conventions and directives for preservation and promotion of the rights are closely connected with the democratic development of one society. We cannot talk about democracy and respecting of human rights unless the researches and the practice show that in the home and in the society, there are no equal rights, opportunities and responsibilities for both sexes.
 
In 1991, the Women’s Global Leadership Institute launched the World campaign “16 days of activism against violence against women”. The campaign started 25 November and ends 10 December with the International Human Rights Day, with what symbolically it is pointed out that violence against women is criminal act and a violation of women human rights. 
 
Thanks to the efforts and dedication of many activists all around the world in the last 19 years – more than 2,800 organizations in 156 countries were involved in this campaign and contributed for increasing of the international attention to the problem of gender violence.
 
This activists and organizations contributed for raising the question of violence as a global problem. This approach raised the pressure on governments in order to monitor the prevention and protection of victims. Nevertheless, the violence against women and domestic violence is still an unsolved problem because the governments do not respond to the violence, which is closely connected and based on gender belonging, in the same manner as the other criminal acts. For a long time, violence against women was not treated as violation against human rights, but as “internal business” of States and governments, while other States continued to threat it as “private business” between the violator and the victim.
 
Violence against women in the 21st Century still is very active and global problem. The characteristics of this violence show that it is not directed towards only one woman, but exposed to this kind of violence are all women as a social group. Gender violence is based on sex belonging.
 
Violence that is based on belonging to a particular sex is limiting women per se. This occurrence leaves space for a great number of women to be obstructed from realizing their rights and not having the same opportunities for development as men. The violation of women’s rights is a product of power, force and violence. It also means violation of the basic and the most important right to life, dignity and bodily integrity.
 
Women all around the world are exposed to all kinds of violence: physical, psychical, sexual and economic by their family, society and the State. In practice, we distinguish violence, which is in most cases directly enforced on woman’s body (rape, physical abuse and murder, attack on the reproductive function and sexuality). Furthermore, women are faced also with structural violence expressed in the ideology of inferiority and disrespect of their status.
 
Unfortunately, gender violence is still not recognized by men, nor from women themselves, because in many cases this occurrence is part of the patriarchal values and is perceived as “normal”, and is a generally accepted relationship between sexes that is determined by the patriarchal gender roles present in the home and the society.
 
Cases of violation of women rights are numerous and daunting; it happens daily in different phases in woman’s life all over the world. The forms of this occurrence are different depending on the country and the level of existing patriarchal values, democratic development, culture and tradition. 
 
Discrimination and violence against women starts from:
1. Prenatal life – selective abortions of female fetuses – traditionally, male children are much more desired than the female.
 
2. By the time children are infants – killing of female infants and favoring male ones, less access to food and health care.
 
3. Childhood – arranged marriages, genital mutilation, sexual abuse from third persons and members of the family.
 
4. Adolescence/ youth – child prostitution and pornography/rape, sexual harassment and abuse at the work place, forced prostitution, trafficking in young girls, forced marriages, and honor killings.
 
5. Maturity – ill-treatment by the spouse, domestic violence, violence and murders because of female descendants, sexual harassment on the work place, rape, abuse of widows and other examples and life stories and suffering that are left behind close doors.  
 
Unfortunately, today, in the Century of progress and prosperity, half of the world’s population suffers physical violence and psychical pain. People daily live in fear of abuse. For that reason, the civilization’s progress must be put to usage, in order to secure safe life for thousands of women and young girls. The development of politics on equal possibilities for both sexes and elimination of every kind of violence against women is the only requirement for the improvement and development of the society, democracy, tolerance, equality and respect of the basic human rights, and the overall political and economic stability, and sustainable development and peace on local, national and international level.
 
For the purpose of elimination of violence against women and domestic violence Antiko this year, same as the last years will conduct several activities within the Campaign “16 days activism against gender and domestic violence”.
 
The activities will be implemented in 10 local communities on the territory of Republic of Macedonia.
 
This year the campaign will be realized as part of the annual program supported by “CIVICA Mobilitas”, implemented by the Center for institutional development – CIRa and financed by the Swiss Agency for development and cooperation, represented by the Swiss office for cooperation in Macedonia.
 
In this broad campaign, a realization of multiple activities is planned in 10 local communities in Republic of Macedonia. In the implementation of the campaign 100 activist, volunteers and volunteers of Antiko from Skopje, Tetovo, Gostivar, Kumanovo, Kichevo, Resen, Bitola, Probishtip, Strumica and Debar. 
 
The executed activities aim for raising the public awareness on local and national level. One of the main goals of Antiko is sensibilization of the youth – especially of high school students both male and female, for active participation in the efforts for elimination of gender violence, through forming of positive stands for achieving gender equality, elimination of gender prejudice and stereotypes, and with that elimination of gender and domestic violence.
 
During the campaign over 20 activities will be realized on the topic of domestic violence, the kinds of violence, the root of violence, prevention of violence, recognition and active carrying out, the importance of the role of institutions in elimination of violence, effective ways of organization, action and protection of victims. The intersectoral collaboration between relevant institutions, the implementation of the legislative in practice, and many other important topics in this area are part of this campaign.
 
Forms of work: Tribunes with high school students, workshops, round tables, public forums and debates with dialogue and exchange of strategies for actions among representatives from relevant institutions and other parties concerned (social workers, legal persons: judges, psychologists, teachers, police workers, school directors, representatives from the gender commissions etc.).
 
Apart from these forms of work, in these 10 local communities around 25.000 samples of informative, educational and promotional material will be distributed, also TV spot and organization of 10 public performances on local level.

For more information about the organized events and activities, and detailed calendar of activities, visit the web page of WCI Antiko www.antiko.org.mk

 
 
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