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International Day Against Violence Against Women

Executive Director’s Message

The observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) is significant as it highlights the activism and advocacy efforts aimed at stemming the scourge of gender based violence with a view to advancing human rights. As a nation, we renew our commitment to ensuring that there are systems in place to protect the rights of all; including women and children.
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Male Desk Launch

Why the Male Desk?
In 1995, the UNDP report had this statement: “Development, if not engendered, is endangered”.  If there is going to be any meaningful development, women as well as men MUST be involved in the process.  Therefore, involving men in gender policy and practice cannot be denied. If we are to make any significant advancement towards Gender Equality through Gender Mainstreaming, then mere lip service will not be enough.

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Brochure(s)

Emotional and Psychological Violence involves verbal abuse which insults, ridicules, threatens or demeans an individual in any way. Racial insults such as “you’re black and ugly” or “you have bad hair,” are common in Jamaican. Continuous emotional abuse
leads to anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. Emotional abuse also sets the stage for domestic violence.
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Background

Background on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 observed annually during the period November 25-December 10.
November 25 was selected to commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasise the fact that gender-based violence is a violation of human rights.

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Origin

WHY WOMEN ACROSS THE WORLD COMMEMORATE NOVEMBER 25th AS INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Between the years 1940 to 1961, the Dominican Republic was subjected to a political regime under the leadership of President Trujillo that was as cruel as it was corrupt. During this period, a group calling itself the 14th June Resistance movement was formed, which was led by the militant Mirabel sisters, Minerva, Patricia and Maria Teresa. This organization was accused of plotting to overthrow the Trujillo regime, and as a result, the husbands of the three women, as well as Patricia's son, were arrested.
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List of Confirmed Schools for IDEVAW 2009

1. Jamaica College
2. Haile Selassie High
3. Christ The Redeemer Human Resource Centre – St. Patrick's Foundation
4. Greenwich All Age School
5. St. Jude's Primary
6. Vauxhall High School
7. Dunoon Technical High School

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Poster
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