Ghana launches campaign against gender violence

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The document, "Strengthening health systems to respond to women subjected to intimate partner violence or sexual violence: A manual for health managers" builds on other tools to help health care systems provide compassionate and effective services to survivors that address the consequences of violence and help reduce its recurrence.

The UN mission in Afghanistan stressed that alongside the effective legal and institutional mechanisms for access to justice, stopping violence against women requires an effort from all of us, from every individual, to speak out against violence in homes, workplaces and social settings.

This year, the European Union and the United Nations launched the Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls.

Penney Andrews, program manager for Tranquility House, said, "As of November 25, and for the next 16 days, we will incite individuals to take action towards eliminating violence against women". It can also take many forms, including sexual harassment, physical/emotional/sexual violence by a partner, sexual violence by strangers and femicide, among others. UNiTE is another initiative that seeks to end violence against women. It is also supported by his successor, António Guterres.

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TORONTO-Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says men must do more to put an end to gender-based violence against women and girls. In 2012, nearly half of all women who were victims of intentional homicide worldwide were killed by an intimate partner or family member, compared to six percent of male victims.

"Women around the country should be aware that they are sufficiently protected by the law", Legarda said.

The UN designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to commemorate the Mirabal sisters, who were assassinated on the same day in 1960 for opposing the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic.

The UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites you to "Orange the world", using the colour designated by the campaign to symbolize a brighter future without violence. Next year's ILO Conference in June will discuss the development of global labour standards on violence against women and men at work, and the trade union movement is calling for a strong worldwide convention to be adopted.

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