President Stevo Pendarovski joined the United Nations Global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the protection and prevention of violence against women and girls and gender-based violence. In the message, President Pendarovski stressed that it is necessary for each of us to have zero tolerance of all forms of gender-based violence, in every sphere – in families, in schools, in institutions, in workplaces, on the Internet, in the media, in public spaces.
In support of the campaign, the Cabinet of the President of the Republic of North Macedonia, “Villa Vodno”, is lit in orange.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The pandemic reminded us that the home is not the safest place for many women and children, victims of domestic and gender-based violence, because the numbers show an alarming number of such cases, both in our country and in the world.
The rising numbers are the last signal that we need a stronger response from the institutions and a comprehensive strategy and support for victims of violence.
With the ratification of the Istanbul Convention and the Action Plan for its implementation, we have made a significant step forward in improving the institutional mechanisms for prevention and protection against gender-based violence.
However, better results require budget support, commitment and cooperation between institutions at both national and local levels. A systemic approach to education is needed to recognize all forms of gender-based violence, as well as to protect, prevent, report violence, hear and support victims.
Each of us needs to take responsibility. Whenever we witness violence against women and girls or domestic violence, it is our duty, above all, as human beings, to report and provide support and assistance to the victims. Seek help and report violence to the police, to social work centers, SOS lines, to civil society organizations, inform your close friends or relatives.
It is necessary for each of us to have zero tolerance for all forms of gender-based violence, in every sphere – in families, in schools, in institutions, in workplaces, on the Internet, in the media, in public spaces.
If we want a society of free and dignified citizens, we must enable everyone to have their own place in the community in which they feel safe and secure.
Let us fight violence against women and girls and against all forms of gender-based violence, every day, all together!