European Union Delegation to Singapore

EU and UN Women in Singapore together to end gender-based violence

01/12/2016 - 04:40
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Physical. Sexual. Psychological.

Violence against women has many names and forms. Some easy to see and prove as the remains of the violence stay in the form of physical scars. Sometimes all you need to see is the swollen face of a victim or look for marks on bodies that constantly change colour and shades as punches go from black to blue with the promise of never fading away.

To mark the International Day to End Violence Against Women on November 25, 2016 the Singapore Committee for UN Women and the European Union Delegation to Singapore joined hands to launch the 16 Days of Activism Campaign in Singapore. The global campaign makes a strong call and backs the end of gender-based violence. One would think that 2016 should be a cause for celebration. After all, activism for women's rights has gone on for years, and the inclusion of gender equality in the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals shows a global commitment to these principles. However, while important legal and political improvements have been reached globally, much more needs to be done

The Campaign in Singapore (link here) covers a wide range of activities. These include workshops, dialogues as well as film screenings to raise awareness and resources for initiatives that aim to prevent and end violence against women and girls.
Issues discussed include trafficking, domestic violence that unravels often behind closed doors, how it can sometimes take years for a victim to acknowledge the issue and how reporting an abuse could often turn into a problem for women who find themselves trapped in such situations. This is sadly more than common in Singapore:  6 in 10 victims of violence in Singapore suffer repeated victimisation and more than 70% of such cases in Singapore are not reported to the police[1], and globally 7 out of 10 women across the world have been subjected to some sort of violence[2]. Women and girls continue to get beaten at home, be sexually and economically exploited, assaulted, harassed.

Despite the international community’s visible political will to address the global pandemic of violence against women and girls, more needs to be done to break the cycle of violence. Individual action is needed on many levels to back global efforts.

The European Union is a committed partner contributing to the cause through media action (see our video {"service":"smk","type":"single","id":"803447426778435584","display_user":true,"display_user_pic":true,"auto_expand_photo":true,"auto_expand_video":true,"render":true}">here), and it invites everybody to show their support for the 16 Days of Activism by wearing something orange, which is the colour of the campaign, initiating dialogue by using the tag #EU4HumanRights and join the many events organised.

Together we can say #EnoughIsEnough and be part of the change.

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