Palestine: Nativity Church glows in orange marking international day for elimination of violence against women
November 29, 2016
The EU Representative to the West Bank and Gaza Strip Ralph Tarraf and the Mayor of Bethlehem Vera Baboun joined Palestinian youth to light the Nativity Church in orange as part of the EU-campaign ‘’Enough’’. This campaign is organised with Palestinian partners and youth to mark the international day for the elimination of violence against women (25 November).
In parallel, Al Manarah Square in Ramallah and Ibn Rushd Square in Hebron were also lit in orange to mark the day. This initiative coincides with the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign in Palestine.
“Violence against women and girls violates a fundamental human right. It has devastating social, political, and economic implications. It is a cause and a result of gender inequality and gender-based discrimination. The European Union and its Member States have chosen to be at the frontline of fighting gender base violence. All women and girls should have a life free from fear and violence, in the European Union or anywhere in the world”, said the EU Representative, Ralph Tarraf.
As part of the 2016-2020 EU Gender Action Plan in external relations, the EU continue investing in women and girls whose rights are violated across the world. In Palestine, the EU stands alongside Palestinian women as they work hand in hand with Palestinian men towards a better future. EU-funded projects in Palestine address gender in different contexts and contribute to the fight against gender inequality. The EU supports equal engagement of women in economic development and promotes stronger involvement in governance at local and national levels. This is in addition to a number of human rights and youth actions where gender is a core component.
The EU supports the Palestinian civil society organizations and activists as they call for adopting a new Palestinian law that enforces penalties against those who commit violence against women.