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OUR CAMPAIGN

EuroMed Feminist Initiative in consortium with 9 civil society organizations championing women’s rights in the region, has launched a campaign for 3 years across seven countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia.

We aim to engage and mobilize society as a whole to demand the adoption of a comprehensive legislation that criminalizes all forms of violence against women and girls, through:
– a media awareness campaign (films, posters, radio spots, social media, forums),
– educational activities for teachers and students across schools,
– institutional trainings that secure adequate services to victims,
– advocacy for the adoption of comprehensive laws and policies that protect women and girls

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

The United Nations define violence against women and girls (VAWG) as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life”.

Simply put, Violence Against Women and Girls is every act directed against women and girls because of their gender. Whether private or public, direct or indirect, any act that causes physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, and economic harm or discomfort to women and girls is a violent act. And with 1 in 3 women having experienced some type of violence because of their gender, VAWG is the world’s most pressing issue today.

What causes Violence Against Women and Girls?
Such violence is rooted in unequal power relationships between men and women in society: men are “entitled” to exercise different forms of control and violence that are exacerbated in times of conflict.
In Southern Mediterranean countries in particular, the broad social tolerance of gender-based inequalities, discriminative laws, as well as poor prevention and protection mechanisms have all contributed to the widespread of Violence Against Women and Girls.

WHAT IS VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

The United Nations define violence against women and girls (VAWG) as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life”.

Simply put, Violence Against Women and Girls is every act directed against women and girls because of their gender. Whether private or public, direct or indirect, any act that causes physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, and economic harm or discomfort to women and girls is a violent act. And with 1 in 3 women having experienced some type of violence because of their gender, VAWG is the world’s most pressing issue today.

What causes Violence Against Women and Girls?
Such violence is rooted in unequal power relationships between men and women in society: men are “entitled” to exercise different forms of control and violence that are exacerbated in times of conflict.
In Southern Mediterranean countries in particular, the broad social tolerance of gender-based inequalities, discriminative laws, as well as poor prevention and protection mechanisms have all contributed to the widespread of Violence Against Women and Girls.