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Call to action: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

Catherine Sozi, Director, UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa’s video message to mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

“This year the United Nations marks 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence by taking a stand against rape.
Gender-based violence is directed at a person because of his or her sex assigned at birth or gender identity.
It includes physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, financial and psychological violence, in public or private life.
And it disproportionately affects women.
Put yourself in my shoes. All I want is to feel safe, no matter where I am.
Every time we remain silent, we conspire against women and girls.
So, let’s not be silent.
Not because women are our mothers, sisters, wives or loved ones, but because women are people.”


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