By Sheriff Saidykhan
The Network of Gender Based Violence (NGBV) in partnership with Action Aid International The Gambia and Amplify Change for Gambia, is set to join the rest of the world to commemorate 16 days Activism Campaign for the elimination of gender based violence against women.
The 16 days activism campaign against gender based violence, is a global campaign spanning from 25th November to 10th December 2020, to address domestic constraints faced by women.
The theme for this year campaign is: “Orange The Gambia: Strength Domestic Funding To Enhance National Response In Combating SGBV”.
The Chairperson of Network of Gender Based Violence, Marie Antoinette Corr, said the 16 days activism campaign for this year focuses primarily in response amid post coronavirus commonly dubbed covid-19, as well as advocacy on the ratification of International Labor Organization (ILO) convention in the march towards safeguarding women and vulnerable people around the world.
“Since the outbreak of the covid-19 and as the country implemented lockdown measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, violence against women intensified. The ILO Convention recommends that National Government adopt laws, regulations and policies to ensure the right to equality and non-discrimination in employment and occupation, including for women workers and other persons belonging to more vulnerable groups” she remarked.
She has made these remarks to reporters at a press briefing held at Action Aid Secretariat in Kanifing.
She said gender based violence deprives women and vulnerable children their basic tenets, and constitutional rights to actively participate in public life.
“Gender based violence robs women and their children of the opportunity to become productive citizens, it denies them their constitutional rights and condemns them to a life of perpetual fear, they are therefore prevented from enjoying the fruits of our freedom and democracy” she posited.
The Executive Director of Action Aid International The Gambia, Omar Badjie, spoke on the need to reflect the growing constraints faced by women, and to galvanise efforts geared towards mitigating the scourge of gender based violence across communities.
The National Coordinator of Network Gender Based Violence, Fallu Sowe, disclosed that out of a total number of 247 reported cases from January 2020 to October 2020, 214 (87%) are sexual cases and 33 (13%) are physical violence cases.
“Having evidence from cases showing that sexual violence is associated with several effects and protective factors as it is associated with other forms of violence, and causes serious psycological, emotional and physical effects such as post-traumatic stress disorder, experience re-occurring, gynecological problems, injuries, infections, sexual health problems and social disputes indicating that sexual violence is not only a human rights violations but also health, development, peace and security issue that needs to be holistically address.”