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UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign

Posted in Awareness, Latin America, NEWS with tags , , , , , on October 8, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

The United Nations Secretary General will launch the UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign in November. The Caribbean project of the United Nations Secretary General will provide participants an opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences and make a collective move forward.

Barbados will host a conference on October 11th -12th which the Attorney General, members of the judiciary, senior representatives of regional police forces and members of civil society organizations will attend. The theme of the conference is:

“Strengthening Accountability and Changing Culture to End Violence against Women in the Caribbean.”

Michelle Gyles-McDonnough, UN residence coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, expressed her delight with the attendance of:

  • Caribbean nationals
  • President of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
  • Judge Patrick Robinson – former Jamaican Deputy Solicitor General and President of the International Tribunal for Rwanda
  • Sir Dennis Byron – former Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and native of Saint Kitts and Nevis

The International Criminal Tribunals have investigated sexual violence in relation to torture and crimes against humanity.

Roberta Clarke, Regional Programme Director for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM, a part of UN Women) said,

“So one of the questions the Presidents will be addressing will be, ‘What are the lessons that have been learnt at the international level, and how can those lessons be translated in strengthening the law response at the national domestic levels?’ Through their participation here at the conference, we hope very much for their reflections on the relationship between ending violence against women, strengthening democracy, citizenship and human rights”

For more information contact:

UNIFEM (part of UN Women) VAW Specialist, Tonni-Ann Brodber at

mailto:tonni-ann.brodber@unifem.org

1-246-467-6000

Or

Communications Specialist, Sharon Carter-Burke at

mailto:sharon.carter-burke@unifem.org

 

 

Violence Against Women and Girls Rises in Haiti

Posted in Awareness, Latin America with tags , , , , on October 5, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Natural disasters leave society’s most vulnerable at a higher risk of violence. Those without principles and those who have given up on decency victimize the young and the elderly. They prey on girls and women. Security is destroyed in homes without doors. Since the earthquake in Haiti, attacks on girls and women are raped, harassed, and beaten at a devastating rate. Haitians still living in tent camps outnumber the Haitian police, UNIFEM, and UN police that patrol them.