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Thinakun Ekeh Campaign on Domestic Violence Launched

November 25th, 2010 · No Comments · Human Rights

A group of NGOs and activists in the Maldives launched a campaign ‘Thinakun Ekeh’ on November 25 to raise public awareness on domestic violence and to advocate for the Domestic Violence Bill which is at committee stage in the People’s Majlis. The campaign was launched today to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The internationally marked 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence also began today and will culminate this year on December 10, the International Human Rights Day.

The name ‘Thinakun Ekeh’ means ‘One in Three’ in the local language and is a reference to the findings of a 2007 study in the Maldives which showed 1 in 3 women between the ages of 15-45 experience either physical or sexual violence at some point in their life, including childhood sexual abuse.

The Domestic Violence Bill ‘Geveshi Aniyaa Huttuvumuge Bill’ has received cross-party support and if passed it could be a watershed in reducing domestic violence which has undesirable impacts on children, family units, socioeconomic development, public health, law and order and peace in the society.

A campaign song Geveshi Hiyaa was also launched today as part of the campaign.

Definitions, Impacts and Consequences of Domestic Violence and Gender Based Violence

Press Release on the launch of ‘Thinakun Ekeh’

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