against Gender Based Violence (NGBV), last Monday launched a 16-day nationwide
campaign to raise awareness towards violence against women. The launching was
held at Westfield monument and graced by different organisations.
National coordinator Haddy Mboge Barrow explained that, Gender Based Violence (GBV) disproportionately affects women and girls and is a grave human rights violation.
She said GBV comes in many forms such as physical, sexual, psychological and emotional violence, which all have serious consequences ranging from immediate to long-term. “The consequences negatively affects not only women generally well-being and realisation of their potentials, but also depletes a nation’s human capital and undermine its development.”
She pointed out that for far too long, silence has allowed violence against women to escalate to pandemic proportions, saying one in three women worldwide experience gender based violence. She added that DHS 2013 report revealed that 41% of women age 15-49 have experienced physical violence at least once since age 15.
She confirmed that, The Gambia is a signatory to many international and regional treaties and conventions that protects and promote the rights of women and children such as Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Maputo Protocol and more.