UNFICYP civil affairs officers continue to spread the word about prevention of violence against women
PYLA, 7 December 2017 - As part of the global #16Days campaign, Civil Affairs Officer Therapoulla Kalatha, who works with UNFICYP’s Sector 4 Civilian Activity Integrated Office, talks to clients about the strong messages behind the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based violence while addressing routine requests, mainly regarding civilian activity in the buffer zone.
Therapoulla works in the bi-communal village of Pyla, and is supported in spreading the word about prevention of violence against women by the two local Mukhtars (leaders), Mr Nejdet Enver, the local leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, and Mr. Simon Mitides, the local leader of the Greek Cypriot community. Therapoulla has also delivered campaign posters to Dherynia and spoken with women’s groups there; UNFICYP will continue engaging with them as part of our outreach activities in rural areas.
From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.
This year, the UNiTE Campaign is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence under the overarching theme, “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”— reflecting the core principle of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.