We must continue to raise our voices against violence

Yesterday, we ended our campaign for the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women. To mark the moment and to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Mission Members gathered with their counterparts from the justice sector and the civilian police as well as with civil society and international partners for a quiz on Human Rights.

In the late evening we attended the Lightening of the Ramallah municipality in Orange together with many other international partners. This year EUPOL COPPS actively contributed to the 16 Days of Activism Campaign in Palestine together with the EU Representation Office, the EU Member States and international partners. We reached out to our partners and colleagues to encourage them to raise their voices and call for an end to all forms of violence against women. You can see our campaign activity on the 16 Facebook posts.

Through our social media posts and messages, the campaign has reached tens of thousands of people who have engaged and interacted in the topics. We also organized a film screening realting to women’s access to justice in Palestine and hosted The Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC's) Executive Director Randa Siniora to discuss the remaining challenges and what the international community can do to support to overcome these obstacles.

Although the 16 Days of Activism Campaign has ended, our efforts will not fade. Women and girls in Palestine and around the world continue to be victims of abuse, mistreatment and violence, in many cases committed by their own family members. This must stop. We can all help to eradicate all forms of violence and honor killings. Let us all continue to work together to secure a better future without fear for all women and girls.

Let us continue to act to prevent violence, to legislate, to bring the perpetrators to justice and protect the victims, to support services for victims of violence and first and foremost challenge inequality and stand up to unacceptable behavior. Let us all continue to Raise our Voices against Violence against women and girls.