A woman during the rally against violence in Switzerland/AP
Saratu Abubakar, Staff Reporter
To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, people worldwide are taking stands in different forms to stand against violent crimes women face daily.
A series of protests were reported from across the world. Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Mexico saw protests in the streets. South Africa launched a campaign to draw light to the issue. While Nigeria released a data-base of sexual offenders.
The theme of this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is ending sexual violence and rape.
Starting with the France, the government announces new measures that will be put up to fight violence against women by people in their lives.
According to the Prime Minister, the plan would prove an “electric shock,” the measures will draw out what violence means and how harassment can lead to suicide. The act of psychological “entrapment” will also be included in the law because it can lead to violence.
So far in 2019, at least 117 women have been murdered by their partners or ex-partners in France, according to a study.
On the other hand 213, 000 women face physical or sexual violence from their partners or ex-partners each year, states official figures.
On Sunday tens of thousands of people marched across France to demand an end to violence against women.
Cyril Ramaphosa, South African President, launched a campaign to end femicide on the event of the annual 16-day anti- violence campaign.
He called on South African men to change their “sexist and patriarchal attitudes.”
According to statistics, one female in South Africa is killed every three hours and every day 137 sexual offences are committed.
The South African government is working on opening more specialised Sexual Offences Courts across the country and also equipping police stations with more rape evidence collection kits.
In Mexico’s capital, various women’s groups protested at cultural institutions using painting, crocheting and breastfeeding to create awareness about rampant violence and machismo in the country.
About 10 women are killed each day in Mexico, making it one of the most dangerous places to be a woman in the world. At the Museum of Modern Art, women protested the museum’s expulsion last week of a woman who was breastfeeding inside the building by breastfeeding inside the museum themselves.
United Nations calls on the Afghan authorities to put in more effort in putting an end to violence faced by women in the nation.
A lot of Afghan women face attacks and unkind treatment based on their gender.
According to a research carried out by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), the rate of violence against women has increased in the past months.
The government is called upon to put up laws and cancel impunity for violence against women and crimes.
In Nigeria, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, was marked with the launching of a national sexual offenders register. The database contains information on those convicted for sexual violence.
Authorities said the database will be used as a tool that will aid in bringing an end to violence against women in the country.
According to the United Nations children agency UNICEF, one in four Nigerian women are sexually abused before they turn 18 -- and the majority of cases of sexual abuse in country are not prosecuted.
The battered faces of Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Angela Merkel stare out of posters in Milan created by Italian artist AleXsandro Palombo to raise awareness of violence against women.
Actress Rani Mukerji says the intention of making the film was to make the country aware of the new and growing threat that women face from underage criminals committing sexual crimes.
UAE focuses primarily on strengthening social ties and the family fabric and it emphasises on the concepts of unity and cohesion in society, says Sheikh Mohammed.
According the decree issued by the UAE President Sheikh Khalifa female employees shall receive wages equal to that of males if they perform the same work, or another of equal value.
A young Emirati, Rashid Aziz Al Shehi, travelled over 1,100 kilometres, wandering across the seven emirates to celebrate the 90th Saudi National Day and express the unity of destiny between the UAE and Saudi Arabia. He decorated his own vehicle with pictures of the Saudi leaders, symbols and flag.
International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) president-elect Dr. Jeanne Conry said all pregnant women must be guided and should not tarry in securing their simple influenza vaccine, amidst the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the last quarter of the year signaling the cold spell.
Over two months, the Abu Dhabi Police (ADP), Tourism Section, registered 1,672 violations against people for not adhering to the precautionary measures aimed at reducing the spread of coronavirus, COVID-19, in shopping malls and beaches.