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[16days_discussion] 16 days campaign- Kenya

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Tue Jul 12 01:42:40 EDT 2011

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Dear Friend,

Greetings from the Coexist Initiative hoping this mail finds you well. As
you are possibly already aware, the Coexist initiative is a national
network of men and boys organizations focusing on eliminating all forms of
violence against women and Girls in Kenya.

I have attached the sixteen (16) days of activism 2011 document to this
mail for your perusal, advice and sharing. We are mobilizing resources for
the implementation of the same and would greatly appreciate your support.

Kind Regards,

Wanjala Wafula
Programs Director
Coexist Initiative
P.O Box 281-00515 Nairobi-Kenya
Tel: +254-712653322 / +254-20-2099201
Email: wafula at wafula at
Face book: Wanjala Wafula
Linked in: wafula wanjala
> Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
>  Prevention is Key to Ending Violence Against Women ****
> 5 July 2011 - Prevention of violence against women was the focus of a
> discussion on women’s human rights held last month at the UN in
> ****Geneva**
> ** in the framework of the 17th session of the UN Human Rights Council.
> ****
> [image: An Afghan woman who was allegedly burnt, receives medical
> treatment
> at a local hospital © EPA photo /Jalil Rezayee]“In the struggle to
> eradicate
> violence against women, we should all task ourselves to be leading voices
> and engines of action,” said UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay.****
> “One third of women in the world have experienced or will experience some
> form of violence in their lives,” Pillay said. “In some contexts up to 60
> per cent of women experience physical violence at least once in their
> lifetime,” she added.****
> She explained that the prevalence of violence against women was so high
> that
> no State had or would have the means to deal with the extent of the
> violations and the number of victims. “This is why preventing violence
> from
> happening in the first place must be central to any strategy to eliminate
> violence against women,” she pointed out.****
> The UN defines three levels of prevention: primary, such as preventing
> violence from happening in the first place; secondary, which corresponds
> to
> the immediate response after violence has occurred to limit its
> consequences; and tertiary, or the longer-term care and support for those
> who have suffered violence.****
> Pillay stressed the lack of sustained funding for implemented related
> programmes. “The lack of consistent funding for initiatives and policies
> aimed at preventing violence against women hampers sustainable
> implementation of programmes and activities over time and greatly affects
> their impact,” she said.****
> She added that prevention initiatives focusing on the underlying causes of
> violence against women, such as gender inequality and the feminization of
> poverty, were scarce. “Yet, eliminating violence against women necessarily
> encompasses measures to empower women to stand for their own rights, make
> decisions on their lives and participate fully in the life of their
> communities,” she explained. ****
> “Primary prevention is a new frontier in the field of violence against
> women,” said Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, the office
> that works for gender equality and the empowerment of women.****
> She explained that the focus on primary prevention enabled to re-enforce
> the
> “critical, and somewhat revolutionary” notion that “violence against women
> is not inevitable, it can be systematically addressed, reduced and, with
> persistence, eliminated”. ****
> Ending violence against women “is a long-term project that involves
> transforming gender relations,” stressed. However, there are key strategic
> investments in women’s empowerment that “can also serve as protective and
> preventive factors against violence,” she added.****
> Bachelet said that the strategic investments included ensuring that girls
> complete secondary education, delaying the age of marriage furthering
> women’s reproductive health and rights, ensuring women’s economic autonomy
> and security, and increasing women’s participation in decision-making
> positions and political power, in order to influence policies and
> institutional practices that perpetuate impunity and tolerance for
> violence
> against women. Primary prevention also included universal strategies that
> can reach large population groups, for instance, school-based like skills
> training for all children.****
> In urging governments to promote and support women’s empowerment, Rashida
> Manjoo, the UN expert on violence against women, said that women that are
> empowered “understand that they are not destined to subordination and
> violence; they resist oppression; and they develop their capabilities as
> autonomous beings and they increasingly question the terms of their
> existence in both public and private spheres.”****
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