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International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women 2020

Posted in Blogs on November 25, 2020

On November 25th we commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This day was set in honour of the Mirabal sisters, outspoken activists in the Dominican Republic who were assassinated on November 25th 1960. 

The International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women has since been established as a day to raise awareness about the many forms of violence that women worldwide often experience, and highlight the scale at which these experiences are felt yet underdiscussed or hidden. In times of the global COVID-19 pandemic, all types of violence against women and girls has intensified to the point where essential services, such as helplines and domestic violence shelters worldwide, have reached capacity. The United Nations have named this increase in abuse: ‘The Shadow Pandemic.’  To highlight the increased urgency of violence against women and girls within the context of the pandemic and urge people to help contribute in whatever way they can, this year’s theme for the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women is: ‘Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!’ 

Gender-based violence is a human rights issue that affects everyone alike, regardless of gender. Violence and abuse are complex issues to resolve. The more widespread awareness and education there is regarding the many forms of abuse and its frequency, the better people will be equipped to combat and eliminate it. 

Aflateen + and the Elimination of Violence Against Women 

Aflatoun International is an NGO that primarily offers social and financial education for children and young people around the world, with the mission to empower these students to become autonomous thinkers and leaders of the future. Nevertheless, the successful empowerment of children and young people cannot be achieved with only social and financial education: education must ensure students’ overall wellbeing as well. We at Aflatoun International recognise this, which is why we offer Aflateen+ curriculum, designed for students between the ages of 15 and 18. Aflateen+ focuses on gender equality by highlighting economic, social, health and rights issues that are often experienced by girls and women around the world. The programme is made up of gender inclusive materials that were designed to meet the evolving needs of students in diverse contexts and can be adapted to relevant local situations. It covers topics of social education, economic empowerment, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and even child marriage. 

Through Aflateen+, girls and boys alike are educated on the gender-based issues that have challenged societies throughout history. They then become prepared to navigate the social challenges of life in a way that can protect themselves and others around them.

Aflatoun’s Ghana based partner, Savana Signatures, is using Aflateen+ to address topics such as teenage pregnancy, SRHR, gender-based violence, and economic empowerment

Thematic Supplements 

In addition to Aflateen+, Aflatoun also offers a variety of thematic supplements alongside social and financial curricula that address relevant social issues. Of the four thematic supplements, two in particular contribute to the elimination of violence against women: Child Protection and Violence Prevention. 

Child Protection

This thematic supplement aims to contribute to a basic understanding of child protection and proposes activities for caregivers and children to become aware of the importance of protecting children’s rights. Its material is based on the vision that children and their communities have important roles in fulfilling child rights, and more importantly, rights which protect them.  

Violence Prevention

This supplement aims to introduce the topic of violence prevention, how to identify instances of violence, and how to deal with these situations. Aware of the importance of families and the community in ensuring that children can develop and thrive in a violence-free environment, this curriculum includes both activities for children and their families or caregivers. 

Aflatoun’s Ghana based partner, Savana Signatures, is using Aflateen+ to address topics such as teenage pregnancy, SRHR, gender-based violence, and economic empowerment. On the photo: girls perform an interactive exercise to learn about the topic

Today is the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women, a day where we are further reminded of the challenges that may accompany girl and womanhood. This year’s theme ‘Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!’ highlights the importance of mobilising recourses and support to those who are vulnerable and in need. Organisations worldwide will be celebrating 16 days of activism, starting today and ending on Human Rights Day on December 10th. We will be sharing more information about ending the violence against women and girls, and how Aflatoun International and its network of partners work year-round to empower children and young people with the necessary tools and education to overcome life’s hardships.