ANCW will participate in 16 days of Activism against Gender Violence
Mon 22 November, 2010

The Anguilla National Council of Women will be participating in sixteen days of Activism against Gender Violence from November 25 to December 10 2010.

November 25 is observed as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women; and December 10 is International Human Rights Day,

According to the Anguilla Council, violence against women is still prevalent in our society and awareness is a critical component in ending violence against women. The many acts of violence and discrimination are perpetuated by societal norms and behaviors that remain unchallenged.

Since 1991, the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence has helped to raise awareness about gender violence and has highlighted its effects on women globally.

The 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, December 3, International Day for the Disabled and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.

According to the organization many women remain in cycles of violence because they have not been empowered with the tools and knowledge to break out of these cycles and often they do not know they have a right to live free from violence and discrimination.

The Anguilla National Council of Women is organizing a number of activities to commemorate this period including A Prayer Vigil on November 29th at Church of God of Holiness at Pope Hill; radio spots on various topics and a special showing of the movies “Precious� and “The Belizean Reality� at the Drive in Theater in The Valley on December 9th among other activities.

This year’s theme is Structures of Violence:  Defining Gender Violence during Economic Crisis.

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