(MENAFN- The Peninsula) QNA
Cairo: The Arab League (AL) on Thursday launched the 16-day campaign to combat violence against women, which begins in conjunction with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which falls on November 25 of each year, and ends on December 10, which coincides with the International Human Rights Day.
Arab League stated, that the event of launching the 16-day campaign to combat violence against women at the headquarters of the Arab League also witnessed the launch of the Arab strategy for prevention and response to combat all forms of violence in the context of asylum, especially sexual violence against women and girls and the action plan attached to it in joint cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The Arab League noted that this strategy was approved by the Council of the Arab League at the ministerial level at its 155th regular session, as a guiding document to help member states develop national systems for the protection of women. It aims to contribute to the creation of stronger and more sustainable systems that benefit all women and girls, and is an essential element to address the effects of the crisis on local communities and host countries.
The Arab League called on governments, regional and international organizations and stakeholders in this regard to unite, with the aim of providing protection for refugee and displaced women and girls through systems capable of prevention and response to protection needs, as well as ensuring the enforcement of laws and policies related to the prevention of sexual violence, and strengthening the provision of multiple services and programs targeting survivors of violence provided by national actors from governments, in collaboration with various stakeholders.
The 16-day campaign to combat violence against women, led by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women since 2008, aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world, it also calls for global actions to raise awareness and provide opportunities to discuss challenges and solutions in this regard.
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