Balkh records 443 cases of violence against women

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Those 16 days go from November 25 to December 10, which is Human Rights Day. As the world undergoes a seismic shift in response to widespread allegations of sexual harassment, teleSUR examines what the event means today.

Thousands of people gathered in the centre of the capital to protest violence against women to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. To "leave no one behind", one of the guiding principles of the 2030 Agenda, we must end the violence that leaves women and girls behind on every continent and in every country.

Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) head for the northern zone, Qazi Mohammad Sami, on the sidelines of the ceremony told Pajhwok Afghan News that about 443 cases of violence against women had been recorded this year. Essential actions to prevent and respond to violence against women include collecting data about prevalence, risk factors and consequences of violence and raising awareness of violence against women as a public health problem.

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 6% of male victims.

Yet despite its pervasiveness, violence against women is not inevitable - and it is preventable. What the challenges that contribute to this ongoing acceptance of violence against women?

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What The International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women Is About

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said that gender-based violence takes place hidden, but in plain sight, normalized so it is hardly noticeable. Together we can ensure that women and girls everywhere can live free of violence. It also exposed how frightening it is for young women and young men to come to the front to expose those predators, because there is always the chance that they will not be believed.

According to the protest organisers, 61 femicides have been recorded in the country so far this year, in addition to the 36 women who have committed suicide.

"Girls' meaningful participation in decision-making will only strengthen our approach to addressing these issues".

While this violence continues, the global community will not achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a master plan to end poverty and save the planet, adopted by the United Nations in 2015.

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