Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights. Period!
In the context of understanding human rights, access to affordable sexual and reproductive services and health education, are fundamental human rights. The implications of denying this have been severe: an increase in sexually transmitted infections and diseases, unplanned pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and an increase in maternal mortality. Adolescent girls and young women are restrained from much needed access to information, which would enable them to have greater control over their bodies and decision-making, ultimately also challenging systemic oppression that seeks to control women’s bodies and sexual freedoms.
Make Every Woman Count (MEWC) is pleased to announce its participation in the 16 Days Campaign between November 25th and December 10th 2019, joining approximately 6,000 organisations, policymakers, governments, United Nations (UN) agencies and countless individuals from over 180 countries worldwide. This year’s #ILOendGBV is an initiative of the 16 Days Campaign that aims to ensure that women’s voices and lived experiences are brought to bear on the International Labour Organization (ILO)-led process on the adoption of an instrument to end violence and harassment in the world of work.
As an African woman-led organisation, which serves as an information, advocacy, research and training platform for African women, our goal is to join the 16 Days Campaign in order to secure women worker’s rights under international law and raise awareness about the proposed instrument, its importance and its relevance to the advancement of women’s rights in Africa.
To this aim, we will share, during the 16 days, facts and data about the hardships that women face when entering the world of work, especially related to gender-based violence. Despite progress in recent years, women and other marginalized groups around the world still suffer disadvantages and exclusion in the world of work, experience violence and harassment due to their gender and lack work stability and financial security.
Our social media will be a platform where we will share facts about GBV at workplace, its root causes, consequences and ways to fight it. Given our effort in producing data, we will also share statistics regarding women in Africa in their effort to survive GBV in the workplace and provide data regarding legal instruments protecting women when GBV occurs.
We will also open our blog to those who would like to share their stories of violence and harassment in the workplace. MEWC wants to create a safe space where women can share their stories without the fear of retaliation and space where their voices can be heard. All testimonies will be handled with the utmost sensitivity and anonymity and will be instantly deleted once received.
We seek all kinds of contributions ranging from essays to poetry, blogs, videos, visual art,...only imagination sets the limits. We hope to showcase a diverse variety of forms of expression.
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Wednesday, 20th November 2019
Follow us along daily from November 25th until December 10th on our social media platforms and blog!