Żminijietna - Voice of the Left states that “violence is a human rights’ violation which impede women’s access to gender equality; progress towards health, education, and protective work. 25th November 2015 will mark the 20 years commemoration of the Beijing Platform for Action.
Żminijietna said that “since the Beijing Declaration, two thirds of the countries in the world including Malta have implemented campaigns, put laws and took actions to stop violence. It is estimated that 1 in 3 women around the world have experienced physical or sexual violence, mostly by their intimate partners. Around 120 million girls have been forced into intercourse or other sexual acts at some time in their lives. Further on, more than 700 million women alive today were married as children”.
Żminijietna added that “the establishment of the Sexual Assault Response Team at the Mater Dei Hospital and the ratification of the Istanbul Convention were a step forward to combat violence against women and towards achieving gender equality. Also we welcome the amendments to the Criminal Code that came into force in 2014 that prohibit female genital mutilation in Malta”.
“Additionally, more training, educational campaigns and services should be implemented in order to educate and address the needs of the perpetrator. The campaigns against violence should be strengthened with more funding to increase services and legal protections”.
Press Release 24/11/14