Unions Call for ILO Convention on Gender-Based Violence

Govt 'committed to protecting rights of women'

The UN designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to commemorate the Mirabal sisters, who were assassinated on the same day in 1960 for opposing the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. According to the United Nations, violence against women and girls across most countries include physical, sexual and psychological forms. Pakistan is the world's third most risky county for women.

He called on men to speak up on women's rights, stand against violence and promote female leadership in all aspects of society.

Sami added the AIHRC had received more complaints regarding denial of alimony to women this year compared to the previous years. Women working in transport, health, education, public services, entertainment and every other area of the economy experience violence, and it's time that governments and employers accept their responsibility to work with unions to end it.

Among other efforts, the United Nations launched a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment and has said that it is committed to continuing the "UNiTE to End Violence against Women" Campaign, under the new title "UNiTE by 2030".

Nearly half of the women who were killed in 2012 were killed by either partners or family members, compared to 6% of men.

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Calling such violence a human rights violation, he said men need to hold themselves and their peers accountable for behaviour that threatens women's respect, protection and freedom. "Together, we must challenge the prejudices and inequalities that allow this violence to persist".

The campaign is being launched on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. UNiTE is another initiative that seeks to end violence against women.

The 16 days of activism against gender-based violence is an worldwide campaign that starts on November 25, the global Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on the global Human Rights Day on December 10.

In the United States, more than one in four women in Washington DC reported experiencing sexual harassment on public transportation, 65 percent of women in the USA testified that they experienced harassment of some kind on the street, and 23 percent testified that they had experienced sexual harassment in the street.

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