Participants of Rabat Forum which ended today adopted the UNFPA regional strategy on prevention and response to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the Arab states region for 2014-2017. They also recommended the strategy to serve as a roadmap for the fight against all forms of GBV and to be efficiently implemented across the region.
A specialised training programme to educate Arab investigators on ˜Investigating Cases of Sexual and Gender-based Violence as International Crimes' opened at the Rule of Law and Anti-corruption Center (RLAC) on Sunday. The programme aims to train Arab investigators and translators specialising in investigating cases of violence against women in communities where the rule of law is absent. This round is held under the sponsorship of the Qatari Attorney-General in collaboration with the UN Women, Justice Rapid Response (JRR), the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI) and governments of the USA, Liechtenstein, Sweden, Canada, Denmark, Finland and Switzerland.
KVINFO and our Moroccan partner organisations present some of the joint projects and programmes to the Danish Crown Princess Mary who is visiting Morocco these days. Focus for the visit is on stopping and preventing gender based violence.
Saudi Arabia's cabinet has passed a ban on domestic violence and other forms of abuse against women for the first time in the Kingdom's history.
The cabinet approved the ban on physical or sexual violence earlier this week, which applies both at home or within the work place.
Read more at The Independent.
This week, the Nobel Women’s Initiative puts focus on Women-Driven Solutions for a Nonviolent World at its fourth international conference. One issue addressed is the slow progress in implementing laws against sexual violence.
Madeleine Rees, the Secretary General of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, speaks at the conference about how sexual violence and become an integrated part of human rights.
Read more at Open Democracy.
Read the full coverage of the conference Moving Beyond Militarism and War: Women-Driven Solutions for a Non-Violent World at 50.50.
Countless Moroccan women continue to face abuse and sexual violence at the hands of their husbands. About 6 million women in Morocco are victims of violence, or around one in three.
Morocco’s Social Development Minister Bassima Hakkaoui, the only female minister in the country, says she would try to push forward a law protecting women that has been stuck in Parliament for eight years.
Read more at Bikya.
Arabic version by the international network Women Living Under Muslim Laws here.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has issued its first anti-domestic abuse advert. The advert features a hijab-clad woman – with just her eyes visible through the slits in her veil – one of which is blackened.
The slogan simply reads: “Some things can’t be covered – fighting women’s abuse together.”
The UN’s Commission on the Status of Women gathered in New York March 4-15 for its 57th session. As we wait for the final version of the agreed conclusions, here’s a chance to read the almost-final one.
Read more at UN.