Greater action and awareness needed for gender-based violence, says Junior Minister Phillip

Source: SKNVibes

Nationals and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis are strongly encouraged to speak out and stand up against all forms of gender-based violence. Awareness about gender-based violence comes even more into focus from November 25 to December 10, when the world marks 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Against Women and Girls.

Junior Minister responsible for Social Development and Gender Affairs, the Honourable Isalean Phillip, is among the national leaders bringing greater awareness to the global observance and the local commemoration. She made a national address on Friday (November 25, 2022) to mark the start of the 16-day observance.

“Violence against women and girls is considered the most widespread and pervasive human rights violation worldwide. In fact, 1 in 3 women and girls have been affected by some form of physical, sexual, financial or emotional violence in their lives,” the Junior Minister stated, citing recent global estimates indicating that a woman or girl is killed by someone in her own family every 11 minutes. “In St. Kitts alone, during the pandemic, reports of domestic violence increased by over four hundred percent.”

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