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The need to eliminate gender-based violence – EU Ambassador

26/11/2020 - 07:46
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Gender-based violence (GBV), whether physical, sexual, emotional or economic is unacceptable in human societies and must be eliminated, said EU Ambassador to Eswatini, Esmeralda Hernandez Aragones.

Speaking on 25 November 2020 in Pigg’s Peak, north of Eswatini, during the launch of this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the Ambassador said GBV was recognized throughout the world as one of the most widespread and persistent violations of the rights of women and girls.

She said the launch was vital in that several sectors of society including government, development partners, the private sector, civil society organisations, men and women had assembled to speak with one voice on the need to eliminate this scourge of violence.

“Violence against women and girls remains one of the most serious human rights violations in Eswatini. In order to raise awareness about this scourge, the commitment of community leaders is required so as to ensure action is taken to not only assist victims of GBV but also unmask the perpetrators and bring them to justice,” said the Ambassador.

She also challenged everyone, including the government, civil society, the church and individual families to play their role, too.

“Eswatini needs an integrated approach as there are a number of social and structural factors that clearly increase the vulnerability of women and girls to violence and teenage pregnancy,” she added.

The Ambassador then said the EU was committed to contributing meaningfully to the fight against GBV, saying the EU would continue to empower women and the youth so that they also play a role in the elimination of GBV.

Also attending this event was the Deputy Prime Minister, Themba Masuku, who was the guest speaker.

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