PD STRONGLY SUPPORTS “16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE” CAMPAIGN
As supported by the Chief Personnel Officer (Ag.) – Cdr. Dr. Daryl Dindial, in keeping with the global advocacy related to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (commemorated on November 25th 2021), the Personnel Department (Office of the Chief Personnel Officer), the Service Commissions Department along with the Ministry of Public Administration have collaborated with the Gender and Child Affairs Division – Office of the Prime Minister to bring awareness to the cause.
The overall activities are themed under “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign”, which is an Annual International Campaign started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991. It continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership and is a time to galvanize action to end gender-based violence particularly, violence against women and girls (VAWG) around the world. It is commemorated annually from November 25th to December 10th and highlights three main International Observances:
• International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’s (IDEVAW) - November 25th
• World AIDS Day- December 1st
• Human Rights Day- December 10th
The commemoration of this period forms part of the UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign (UNiTE Campaign) which is under the leadership of the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres. Launched in 2008, the UNiTE Campaign is a multi-year effort aimed at preventing and eliminating this global problem. “UNiTE calls on governments, civil society, women’s organizations, young people, the private sector, the media and the entire UN system to join forces in addressing the global pandemic of VAWG”.
As a show of solidarity the Personnel Department encouraged its staff members to wear orange during the period and illuminate their work spaces under the world-wide theme "Orange the World: End Domestic Violence Against Women Now!”. The color orange symbolizes a brighter future, free of violence. It also serves as a means of demonstrating your solidarity in eliminating all forms of violence and it is therefore used as the color of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women.