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AfDB President Urges Action to Stop Gender-based Violence

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AfDB President Urges Action to Stop Gender-based Violence

Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa Enters into Force

Tunis 25 November, 2005 –  The President of the African Development Bank, Mr. Donald Kaberuka today in Tunis appealed for concerted action to put an end to the violence perpetrated against women and girls.

"On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women," Mr. Kaberuka said, "the African Development Bank calls on all parties to renew their commitment and join efforts to root out this practice."  He said it was necessary to "create an environment where gender-based violence is no longer tolerated and in which women and girls live life without fear and intimidation."

He noted that violence against women and girls is a fundamental violation of human rights and undermines all efforts for building peace and development in Africa and around the world, and that such violence is pervasive and affects women of all ages, cultures, races, classes and religions.

The President noted that governments and international organizations were increasingly taking measures to put an end to this crime.  Many African countries for instance have put legal frameworks for the protection of the rights of women.

The Protocol on the Rights of women in Africa, adopted in 2003, builds on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Beijing Platform for Action.

The Protocol, which enters into force today (25 November 2005) requires state parties to take appropriate measures to prohibit all forms of violence against women, including harmful practices.

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