From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World

Nov 25, 2013

UNDP in Uzbekistan

From the 25th of November to the 10th of December, UN Family and relevant NGOs will conduct the national component of the ‘From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World’ international campaign in Uzbekistan, designed to raise awareness of violence against women as a violation of human rights, and to highlight the need for its prevention. Trainings, conferences and awareness-raising events will be conducted both in Tashkent and throughout Uzbekistan, as components of this year’s national campaign.

Initiated in 1991 by the first Women’s Global Leader Institute, the ‘From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World’ campaign is held annually from the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’ (the 25th of December) to the ‘International Human Rights Day’ (the 10th of December). It calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women, working to achieve this goal by increasing awareness about violence against women as a violation of human rights, by strengthening local efforts to combat violence against women, by linking local and international actions to end violence against women, by providing a medium to share strategies and experience, and by building global solidarity with women who are fighting violence.

The campaign has been conducted annually in Uzbekistan since 2011, and will this year be organised by the National Association of NGOs of Uzbekistan, the Women’s Committee of Uzbekistan, the ‘Women’s Council’ NGO, the Civic Initiative Support Centre, the ‘Eastern Woman’ Public Fund, relevant UN agencies, the International Kurash Association (IKA - to be confirmed), and the Uzbekistan Centre for Development of Martial Arts (CDMA - to be confirmed). Last year’s campaign reached 6,800 youth and representatives of NGOs and the mass media, while this year’s event is expected to reach 10,000 youth and members of the public.

Campaign activities in Tashkent will include a ‘training of trainers’ for 20 campaign experts held from the 20th to the 22nd of November, a round-table and press conference held on the 22nd of November, a launch of campaign activities with performances by IKA and/or CDMA on the 25th of November, and a briefing on the results of the campaign on the 10th of December. Round-tables and campaign events will also be held in 14 regions of Uzbekistan from the 25th of November to the 10th of December, while a press conference will be held on the 22nd of November, dedicated to ‘World AIDS Day’ as recognised on the 1st of December (to be confirmed).

Sports associations will play a significant role in this year’s campaign. A video spot is being prepared, for presentation at the Tashkent round-table and regional activities, which will demonstrate how women can learn and utilise self-defence methods, including the principles of non-violence, self-discipline, and deflecting the force of an attacker back on him or her-self. Athletics and wrestling displays, demonstrating these self-defence concepts in action, will take place at campaign’s events.

About the ‘16 Days of Activism’ - The ‘16 Days of Activism’, encompassed within the international ‘From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World’ campaign, contain four events important to recognising the rights and needs of women. These include the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’ recognised on the 25th of November, the ‘World AIDS Day’ recognised on the 1st of December, the ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ recognised on the 3rd of December, and the ‘International Human Rights Day’ recognised on the 10th of December.

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