Step further in addressing domestic violence


26 November 2012

Once again the campaign “16 Days of Activism Against Domestic Violence” brought together number of relevant forces into a unique front to address violence in the family.

Comprehensive campaign named “Speak louder than silence. Stop family violence”, organised by the Montenegrin Government, OSCE Mission and UN System in Montenegro includes number of activities aiming to raise awareness on the issue as well as to mobilize relevant institutions and individuals in this regard.

Kickoff event – high level round table on domestic violence gathered number of leading officials from relevant state institutions and NGOs to discuss progress and greatest challenges of legal aspects of addressing violence in the family.

„Every third woman in Montenegro faces some kind of violence. That is an alarming fact data which obliges us all to make aditional efforts in addressing this socio-patological phenomeneon which was marginalised for a long time“, said Duško Marković, Minister of Justice and Human Rights, also Vice president of the Government. “We need to send a strong message that no victim of violence will be also a victim of our silence or negligence”, Marković added.

“Today’s event puts Montenegro on the global map of countries that are decisive in eradicating this burning problem”, stated UN Resident Coordinator Rastislav Vrbensky. He emphasized that, besides raising awareness about necessity to act against violence on all levels, this campaign also mobilizes institutions and individuals to join fight against domestic violence and to break the vicious cycle of discrimination and social inequality.  “Let me just remind you that according to UN data, the first cause of death or disability among women aged between 15 and 45 at the global level is not disease or traffic accidents, but violence”, Vrbensky stressed.

Besides launching event, the campaign will also include broad advocacy in mainstream media as well as large scale campaigning on different social media platforms.

Organisers also envisaged number of innovative components aimed at gathering stakeholders from different groups and levels, such as: working breakfast with media; establishing “Political club against domestic violence” who will advocate against domestic violence on the level of decision makers; establishing “League of the extraordinary men” who will promote key messages against domestic violence. All activities are designed as a joint endeavour of all relevant partners and organisers of the campaign.

The campaign traditionally starts on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December, International Human Rights Day. This year, the organisers developed campaign on the basis of the most recent survey about the violence in the family, provided by the UNDP Gender IPA Programme in Montenegro