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International Day for the Elimination of VAW

30-11-2020

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women which falls on November 25, and with the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, UNIFIL attended a ceremony organized by NCLW at the Mission’s Naqoura Headquarters. Major General Stefano Del Col, Head of Mission and Force Commander, pointed out that the Covid-19 pandemic has had adverse social and economic impact on societies and has further deepened gender-based inequalities. He disclosed during the event that his Mission is jointly working to this end with MOSA's social development centers and groups active in the field of sexual and gender-based violence in the area of operations of the UNIFIL in South Lebanon. Meanwhile, the National Federation of Employees and Workers Unions in Lebanon (FENASOL) and Warde Butros for Women’s Action greeted all women workers of Lebanon and the world who are consistently exposed to exploitation and abuse as a result of the worst economic downturn of capitalism, combined with the coronavirus-enforced lockdown measures and their dramatic impact on the working classes. They called on male and female workers and employees, directly and through professional unions, feminist and women’s organizations, as well as social associations, to come together to draft an action plan at all levels in order to force the Lebanese government to sign the C190- Violence and Harassment Convention, drafted in 2019 by the General Conference of the International Labor Organization (ILO), and to work towards implementing its articles through enacting necessary decrees and decisions. (Al Diyar, November 28, 2020)

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