08.11.2015, Centre for Education and Development (CED) in collaboration with the UNDP Skopje and the State University of Tetovo (SUT) on 03.12.2015 organized debate within the campaign of the European Union and the United Nations "Orange the World": The campaign will include a series of activities designed to "Color the world in orange: Put an end to violence against women and girls" including lighting Stone Bridge in Skopje in orange light, forming a large orange ribbon of the present people, people from different walks of life will nose orange to express their support and also a series of debates with students across the country.
The orange color was chosen to symbolize a brighter future without violence against women.The debate was held in the amphitheater of the German language and literature at the State University in Tetovo (SUT). The purpose of this debate is to raise awareness that seeks to stimulate action to end violence against women and girls around the world.
Participants were high school students and students at the University of Tetovo who expressed great interest enclosure asking questions and giving opinions on the subject. The panelists in the debate were Hadzijahja Aferdita Imeri and Damian Zdravev NGO reactor was moderated by Anna Jovkovska.
The statistics on violence against women are sobering. Studies show one in three women in Europe will experience gender-based violence in her lifetime, and a recent survey by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency of 42,000 women from all 28 EU countries showed that that seven percent of all women had experienced physical violence in the preceding 12-month period. For the EU, that translates into 62 million women victims over a lifetime and 13 million women victims in just a single year.
The passage of new legislation in 2014 dedicated to combatting domestic violence marks a step forward for the country, but further efforts are necessary to prevent abuse, protect victims and punish perpetrators.
The EU and the UN agencies in the country are committed to supporting efforts by all actors – on the part of government and civil society alike – to translate legal guarantees into meaningful change in the way the police, prosecutors, judges, and healthcare and social welfare workers perform their duties. Ratification of the Council of Europe’s “Istanbul Convention” would reflect further progress.
This is the first activity within the Info Club which opened at the University of Tetovo. Info Club is a project of CED and supported by UNDP and will serve as an information center for students of the University, in order to be closer to information dealing with employment and practical work.
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