The Slovenia Times

Campaign against digital violence against women


To address the issue, an international conference will be held on Wednesday presenting the results of a project aimed to combat various forms of digital violence.

The launch of the campaign coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, running until Human Rights Day on 10 December.

Statistics show that one in two Slovenian women have experienced at least one form of violence before turning 15.

In a written statement, the Foreign Ministry says it is worried that violence against women and girls is the most widespread violation of human rights.

Noting its opposition to all forms of violence against women and girls, the ministry says it supports the UN's Orange the World anti-rape campaign, which was launched today.

It stresses that gender equality and women's empowerment are two of Slovenia's foreign policy priorities, in human rights and in international development cooperation and humanitarian aid.

Slovenia's international efforts focus on the elimination of all forms of discrimination of women and on the prevention of violence against women, including the elimination of traditional and harmful practices, stereotypes and other sources of violence.

"To empower women and girls, education, including about human rights, is of utmost importance alongside including men and boys in gender-equality activities."

The ministry also notes that at a recent population and development summit in Nairobi, Slovenia pledged to eradicate violence against women with the help of the 2020-2025 national programme to prevent domestic violence and violence against women and to adopt gender equality guidelines in the area of international development and humanitarian aid by the end of 2021.

The Labour Ministry says that Slovenia has taken a major step forward in addressing the issue of violence against women by ratifying the Council of Europe's convention against violence against women and domestic violence.

This year, it also compiled its first report on the implementation of the convention and submitted it to GREVIO, a monitoring mechanism set up to ensure parties to the convention implement it effectively.

The UN declared 25 November the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in 1999 to remember the assassination of the Mirabel sisters from the Dominican Republic.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has noted violence against women is one of the most wide-spread and persistent violations of human rights, urging action.

Globally, more than a third of women have already experienced physical and/or sexual violence, with 750 million marrying before the age of 18, UN statistics show.

In 2017, some 87,000 women and girls were killed only because they were women. As many as 58% were the victims of their partners or other family members.


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