UN Women Pakistan and Embassy of Sweden Celebrates the Actions to End Violence against Women in an Award Ceremony

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Islamabad, 29 November: UN Women and the Embassy of Sweden organized an Award Ceremony titled, “2021 in Retrospective Celebrating Actions to End Violence Against Women” during 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Campaign.  The aim of the award ceremony was to acknowledge the actions taken on pledges made during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign of 2021.

Last year UN Women Pakistan encouraged stakeholders to make commitments on ending violence against women, and several pledges were received to bridge funding gaps, show political will for calling for an end to violence and ensure essential services for survivors of violence.
Ambassador of Sweden, Henrik Persson in his welcome note said, “We will never be able to prevent violence against women and girls without engaging men. We need to engage more men who are willing to publicly speak and act to oppose violence against women and girls; and create a ripple effect. Let’s push forward together”
During the ceremony, UN Women Country Representative Sharmeela Rassool narrated the story of a teenage girl who was sexually abused and murdered by employee and said, “. Gender-related killings and other forms of violence against women and girls are not inevitable. They can and must be prevented. We have to build and nature a society that does not tolerate any form of violence any where!
While talking to audiences, Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan, Khalid Khurshid Khan “My government has set in motion progressive policies to mainstream women and girls in socio economic and political life, so they don’t have to remain silent when they face any type of violence.”
Every year in Pakistan, civil society and women’s rights organizations, the UN system, government partners, development partners, universities, private sector, and individuals show solidarity, commitments, and actions during the 16 Days to call for preventing and ending violence against women. Through the joint efforts of all stakeholders, aspires to bring about a safer, more just and violence-free world for all women and girls.
The global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign started on November 25th until December 10th, 2022, under the theme, “UNiTE! ACTIVISM TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN & GIRLS!”

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