United To End Violence against Women

22 Oct 2009

United To End Violence against Women

Chad launched on 17 October 2009 a campaign entitled "Unite to End Violence against Women" . Several personalities witnessed the ceremony, including members of government, the diplomatic corps, as well as representatives of UN agencies, the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), and NGOs.

The campaign is a worldwide initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General launched in February 2008, aiming to achieve the following objectives: adoption and enforcement of national legislation in line with international human rights standards; adoption and implementation of multi-sectoral national action plans; establishment of data collection and analysis systems; establishment of national and/or local awareness-raising campaigns; and systematic efforts to address sexual violence in conflict situations.

Today's ceremony was the successful outcome of a fruitful partnership between the Chadian government, civil society and the UN System. Over forty Chadian and non-Chadian personalities travelled to Abeche to witness the ceremony. The government was represented by the Minister of Social Action, Solidarity and Family; the Minister of Public Service and Works; the Minister of Interior and Public Security; the Minister in charge of Human Rights and Liberties; the Minister in charge of Micro Finance and Fight against Poverty. Government institutions were represented as well.

Representatives of several UN agencies and civil society, as well as members of the diplomatic corps were present. MINURCAT was represented at the highest level by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General.

Several activities, including theater representations, round-table discussions, and radio competitions, are planned for the week of the campaign, ending on 24 October.