UNDP Kuwait commemorates the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

25 Nov 2012

KUWAIT CITY,  25 November (UNDP Kuwait) - UNDP Kuwait, together with national supporters, commemorated the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence by raising awareness on the subject. The event is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.

    The institute originally chose to conduct the campaign between the dates of November 25 (International Day Against Violence against Women) and December 10 (International Human Rights Day) in order to reinforce the fact that violence against women is a human rights issue.

    The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the ensuing 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence are commemorated every year around the world to raise awareness and trigger action on this pervasive human rights violation.

    In Kuwait, Promoting Women’s Rights and Legal Empowerment Project (WRACATI), a UNDP regional initiative, in collaboration with Women Cultural and Social Society and in partnership with the Supreme Council of Development and Planning, commemorated the day and the following 16 Days of Activism by disseminating information on what is violence and how it can be eliminated by effective action. A comprehensive strategy to tackle violence against women is an essential benchmark in assessing Kuwait’s progress towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals.

    UNDP is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.