Islamabad: Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Friday stated that violence against women in any form is a violation of human rights and dignity.
On his official Twitter handle, the premier, in connection with International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women wrote: “A society can't claim to be civilized leave alone being democratic if it condones violence under any pretext”.
The Prime Minister added, “On this Day today, let us all pledge to play our part to put an end to such practices”.
Violence against women in any form is a violation of human rights & dignity. A society can't claim to be civilized leave alone being democratic if it condones violence under any pretext. On this Day today, let us all pledge to play our part to put an end to such practices.— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) November 25, 2022
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is being observed today (November 25) with the goal to increase awareness of the suffering of women worldwide.
This year the theme is "Unite! Activism to End Violence against Women and Girls".
The major goal of the day is to raise public awareness of the problem and to improve legislation and resources committed to eradicating violence against women across the world.
This day is marked to prevent as well as respond to violence against women and to apprise people about the basic human rights of women and gender equality.
History and Significance
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was established by the United Nations General Assembly in the year 1979.
In this regard, the UN General Assembly passed Resolution 48/104 by adopting the "Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women" on 20 December 1993, laying the groundwork for a society free of gender-based violence.
Women's rights activists, then, recognised 25 November as the day to fight against gender-based violence since 1981.
The date was chosen to respect the Mirabai sisters, the three Dominican Republic political activists -- who were brutally killed in 1960 on the orders of the nation's ruler, Rafael Trujillo.
The significance of this day is that it also aims to take action globally to close financing shortfalls and secure crucial services for survivors of violence.
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