Cayman urged to stand up against gender violence

| 25/11/2011

(CNS): The minister with responsibility for gender affairs has said that the often-silent scourge of gender-based violence remains a significant problem in Cayman as he urged people to take a firm stance during this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign which starts Friday. Mike Adam said violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights, gender-based violence is experienced by up to 70 % of women in their lifetime.  “Here in Cayman, we cannot ignore these unfortunate facts,” he said in his message marking the start of the campaign. “Behind closed doors, too many homes are war zones, leaving families scarred and bruised, with some living in emotional turmoil.”

The 16 days of activism was started by the American organization, Centre for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), which launched the international campaign 21 years ago focusing on the elimination of all forms of violence.

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