November 24, 2017 16:30

International Day for Eliminating Violence Against Women 2017

Members of Welthungerhilfe Iraq posing with messages for the #16DaysofActivism campaign to end gender-based violence

Alliance2015 members stand up against violence against women

Half of the world’s population is female. Yet, gender inequality and discrimination persists around the world, depriving women and girls of their basic rights and opportunities. This is most evident in the prevalence of gender-based violence: Based on data from 2005 to 2016 for 87 countries, 19 per cent of women between 15 and 49 years of age said they had experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the 12 months prior to the survey.[1]

Alliance2015 strives for a world free from poverty and hunger by increasing communities’ resilience to shocks. This can only be achieved through gender-sensitive programming, and addressing gender-based violence head-on. Here are some examples of our members’ work.


Welthungerhilfe Iraq engages in 16 Days of Activism

This year, Welthungerhilfe Iraq has chosen to add their voice to an international campaign called the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. This campaign focuses attention on violence as a violation of human rights.

“We know that women in the Middle East, and especially Iraq experience above levels of violence,” said Mike Bonke, Country Director of WHH Iraq. “For violence against women to become a thing of the past we need to change the causes: gender inequality and rigid gender stereotypes. Changing attitudes is central.”

You can check out Welthungerhilfe Iraq’s efforts on the campaign on their Facebook page!


Cesvi helps women in Tajikistan to build their own businesses

One third to half of all women in Tajikistan are regularly subjected to physical, psychological or sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), domestic violence and sexual abuse. The perpetrators are not only by husbands but also in-laws, especially mothers in law who bear more power due to their age.

In Sughd and Khatlon regions, Cesvi is implementing the project “Living with dignity” to reduce the prevalence of violence against young women. Cesvi organises family awareness sessions against domestic violence and for the economic empowerment of the young women, who receive the means to start a business to contribute to the family’s budget. Examples of businesses include honey production, dairy products, tailoring, services for events.

Mavluda is the second wife of Shahobiddin, they have 2 sons and one daughter. Shahobiddin, then unemployed, took advantage of his wife to squeeze the money she obtained thanks to the chakka (sour milk) she sold in the local market. She was facing physical and psychological abuse all the time, aggravated by Shahobiddin’s drinking.

“He beats me hard every time. When I started participating at the workshops anti-violence against women organized by Cesvi, I was ashamed because I always had bruises on my face, but after a while I felt my “hujain” (that means “owner”: it’s a common to call one’s husbands in Tajikistan) started acting differently. He stops forcing me to buy or accompany him in alcohol drinking and drugs using. I observe he does it less. Last time he told me that he learned how badly it influences to the family budget.”

Shahodiddin found a job as a wage worker. He is doing any job people offer him: “I am glade that I can live in different way, earn money and make my live better.” Thanks to the project, Mavluda bought a second cow and increase the production of “chakka” to increase family earnings.

[1] United Nations Secretary-General Progress report on the Sustainable Development Goals:, May 2017