The British High Commission is joining other stakeholders in helping to raise public awareness of the many forms and impacts of domestic violence and gender discrimination.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security, the High Commission has sponsored the broadcast of a series of films and public information messages that address these issues and other human rights concerns including human trafficking.
The films are being aired on NCN and TVG. They include Provoked, Whale Rider, Philadelphia, Human Trafficking (Part I) and Human Trafficking (Part II).
The film series formed part of 16 Days of Activism Against Domestic Violence that started on November 25, International Day Against Domestic Violence and ended on December 10, International Human Rights Day.
Acting British High Commissioner Simon Bond said, “I am very happy that the High Commission is able to support the excellent efforts of the Ministry of Human Services and of civil society stakeholders in further awareness-raising on domestic violence. Domestic violence shames all our societies wherever it occurs.
“There are no easy solutions. This problem needs a society-wide effort. Government has an important role. Civil society has an important role. But most importantly individual communities and families must speak out and take action to prevent violence against their loved ones. Domestic violence is preventable, but the warning signs need to be acted upon.”
Bond said that he was especially happy to confirm this support in advance of International Human Rights Day on 10th December.
The elimination of gender violence and discrimination was a core plank of broader human rights work, Bond said.
All Human Rights, be they economic, social, political, gender, children’s, indigenous, LGBT or other rights formed part of a whole which needed protection and promotion, he added.
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