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International​ ​Day​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Elimination​ ​of Violence​ ​against​ ​Women

Today, November 25, 2014, is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This day also marks the beginning of the 16 days of activism against violence against women. The theme chosen for this year is "Woman Protected Against Violence, a woman who advances with confidence.” 

In Madagascar, the national celebration of this day took place on 24 November 2014 in Ambanja in the presence of the Minister of Population, Social Protection and the Advancement of Women, Ms. JOHASY Eléonore and the Representative of UNFPA in Madagascar, Mr. Bernard COQUELIN. Various demonstrations took place there; including a carnival, exhibition booths, musical entertainment, and a film broadcast on violence against women followed by discussions.

Many sensitisation and mobilisation activities on the elimination of violence against women women will be held throughout Madagascar during these 16 days of activism against violence against women; in particular through: poster campaigns, the broadcasting of radio theaters and awareness-raising spots. 

Violence against women is a scourge that persists in Madagascar even if it is often considered a private matter. Out of fear or above all shame, survivors of violence refuse to talk to their relatives and competent authorities. Thus limiting their access to the different health care services, the psychosocial and also legal aspects. In Madagascar, about one in three women think their partner has the right to beat his wife for one reason or another. The survivors suffer in silence, while their torturers live in freedom. Impunity remains the norm more than the exception. Given the magnitude of this phenomenon, it is urgent to act now. The National Campaign for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence aims to give new impetus to the fight against violence against women and girls. 

Together we protect women against violence, to enable them to advance with confidence!