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    Submitted by Stacy Dry Lara, Executive Director

    15 March Side Event, 1:15 – 2:30

    Sponsored by the European Union
    Concept: On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2016, the European Commission has launched a year of focused actions to put an end to violence against women and girls. Violence against women and girls can only be combated if we address the problem from all directions and at all levels, from local authorities (such as police officers) to national governments and international organisations. Civil society organisations, social partners and academia all have an important contribution to make. The year of focused actions aims to connect all efforts to stop violence against women.

    Noted side event takeaways:

    NGOs are the experts; the best advisors to governments. NGOs help draft law. As example in Malta, criminal and civil code are aligned with the new bill that stems from Istanbul Convention. Gender based and victim based violence are both included, rape, forced marriage, abduction with intent to marry also include in the law because of NGO advocacy.

    Minister of Gender and Child Welfare Namibia mentioned that radio dramas in local languages created to create awareness on gender based violence (GBV); parliamentarians are engaging communities; starting preschool education on GBV, positive results from involving traditional leaders and judges; national strategy to address GBV

    Mara Marinaki, principal advisor on gender issues spoke about #Say NO UNiTE to End Violence Against Women; target FGM and aim to abolish; full accountability; criminalize – need political commitment, must engage men and boys; relevance of international criminal courts

    World Health Organization – Dr. Flavia Bustreo

    Violence against women happens to all; depression 50% more likely to suffer from depression if a violence victim; health care workers should not overlook violence; they need to report all cases and suspicions; zero tolerance; speak out publicly. Health ministers must look at workforce guidelines, policies; need to provide care, how // where is violence generated needs to be learned; adjust as needed; data collection – include data in national reporting mechanisms.

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