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CNDH launches a campaign to combat effectively all forms of violence against women and girls

The National Human Rights Council (CNDH) is launching a campaign to ensure the effective fight against all forms of violence against women and girls starting from Wednesday, November 25, 2020. The CNDH is organizing national and regional workshops aiming at deepening reflection and developing possible tools to improve the situation of women and girls and reduce violence against them.

This campaign is part of the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence”; the international event that begins annually on November 25 (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), and ends on December 10 (the International Human Rights Day).

The CNDH’s campaign aims to assess the effectiveness and efficacy of the legal and institutional frameworks to stop violence against women and eliminate their exclusion. It also intends to ensure social protection for women in a vulnerable situation, as well as to deepen the understanding of entry points that would strengthen policies and measures aiming at empowering women economically and guarantee their health care, education and basic social services.

This campaign will also be an opportunity to strengthen the capacities of actors on a proper approach centered on survivors of violence and ways to reduce it.

The CNDH, through its regional commissions, will launch consultations and workshops at the regional level, in full respect for the precautionary measures imposed by the pandemic. These activities aim to be an opportunity to share insights with experts and key actors on ways to take care of survivors of violence, to provide a concrete answer against this phenomenon, especially in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. They also aim to enhance preventive efforts by various sectors and elaborate a unified and coherent vision aiming at the prevention and protection from violence and taking care of the victims of women and girls.

Within the same framework, this campaign will be an occasion to enhance the capacities of law enforcement officials in terms of implementing the contents of national legal texts, especially Law 103-13 on the Elimination of Violence against Women and the Criminal Law in accordance with relevant international standards. In this regard, the CNDH is launching officially, on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, the “Help” training on "Combating violence against women and domestic violence: International and National Frames of Reference”. This training intends to provide lawyers with a pedagogical toolkit to combat violence against women. It also aims at assisting them in acquiring the legal and normative frameworks to guarantee the rights of women survivors of violence and mechanisms to take care of them in line with the normative standards.

The proceedings of this training will be inaugurated by Mr. Mounir Bensalah, CNDH Secretary-General, Mr. Michael Ingledow, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Morocco, and Mr. Omar Oudra, President of the Bar Association in Morocco.

From the evening of November 25, 2020, to December 10, 2020, the CNDH’s building will be lit in orange, which symbolizes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and girls.