YEREVAN (Armenpress)–In June 1991–the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) together with 23 women from 20 countries – all participants of a meeting on Women–Violence and Human Rights–called for a global campaign of "16 Days of Activism Against the Abuse of Women."
Since that date over 800 organizations in more than 90 countries have participated in the annual global campaign–which calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. In 2001 this annual campaign celebrates its eleventh year. The "16 Days of Activism Against the Abuse of Women" runs from November 25 to December 10.
Public education and media awareness are the top priorities in the global efforts to combat violence against women–and WomenAid International initiated and supported the establishment of a "16 Days of Activism Against the Abuse of Women" campaign in the Caucasus.
The Caucasus event includes the global 16 Days of Activism Against the Abuse of Women–the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women–the White Ribbon Campaign and other activities that promote an end to violence against women and children.
The key objectives of WomenAid International in the Caucasus are:
Government Commitment: Gain both the commitment and the recognition by governmen’s–that violence against women–whether by public or private perpetrators–is a human rights violation;
Legal Reform: The signing and ratifying of international treaties accomplishes little without simultaneous substantive changes in national legal frameworks.
The 16 Days Campaign is part of the WomenAid strategy to support Government efforts to reform laws to ensure the rights of women are protected;
Media Advocacy: The development of social communication to promote people’s rights and combat violence through its Media Advocacy Program–by encouraging the media to promote national awareness of the critical issue of violence against women and ways to end violence against women;
Public Awareness: Increased awareness and knowledge of the general population as well as changing attitudes about violence against women. The campaign provides opportunities for the participation of all sectors of civil society–from individuals to institutions.
The chairwoman of the Center–Susanna Vardanian–said that the plans include a Women Abuse hotline to provide a supportive outlet for abused women to talk about their experiences.