To reduce violence against women in member countries, the Commonwealth has partnered with a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) No More Foundation, a global coalition with 1,400 members and 40 international chapters.
The group’s focus is to stop domestic violence and sexual assault in line with 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
Statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicates that one in three women has been a victim of sexual and/or physical violence in their lifetime worldwide, making it a leading cause of death .
Announcing the partnership in a statement, Commonwealth’s Assistant Communications Officer Snober Abbasi, said reports suggest the abuse remains largely unreported due to impunity, silence, stigma, fear and shame.
Abbasi said both parties have agreed to implement initiatives that would help in the prevention of domestic and sexual violence.
Quoting the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland, Abbasi said: “We must say NO MORE to violence against women and girls in both words and action. It affects everyone: women, men, children, persons with disabilities and people from sexual and gender minorities.
“It means we must involve and sensitise everyone to support vulnerable individuals, protect survivors of violence and bring perpetrators to justice.”
“We must do everything we can to ensure every child in our home and our community grows up in a safe environment. This is the only way to fulfil our Sustainable Development Goal commitments.”
The partnership is designed to help member countries record accurate data on the prevalence of violence, deliver grassroots projects, train community leaders, educate bystanders’ responses and provide awareness resources, said Abbasi.
Global Executive Director of No More, Pamela Zaballa, said the foundation was grateful for the tremendous opportunity to help end domestic violence in 53 members countries of the Commonwealth.
“We are looking forward to engaging a wide array of governmental, business, human rights and community leaders in this initiative. Together, we can dramatically increase awareness and action to prevent violence and meet the 2030 sustainable development goals.”
The partnership was announced at an event hosted at Commonwealth headquarters in London, to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Source: The Nation NG