International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: Conference on "Violence against Women – Understanding it to Eradicate it"
Once again this year, the Principality of Monaco has taken part in the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which was initiated by the United Nations in 1993.
Yesterday, Wednesday 28 November, in connection with this Day, a public conference was held on the subject of "Violence against Women – Understanding it to Eradicate it," led by Karine Lambert, Vice-President of the Euro-Mediterranean Academic and Scientific Network on Women and Gender (RUSEMEG).
Each year, this event, which is coordinated and organised by the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, is an opportunity for the general public to find out about or deepen their knowledge of the awareness-raising and support measures put in place by the Principality, in particular through the Association d'Aide aux Victimes d'Infractions Pénales (Association for Assistance to Victims of Crime) (A.V.I.P.) (See attached information sheet).
In his opening speech, the Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Didier Gamerdinger, recalled the many measures taken by the Prince's Government and the Monegasque voluntary sector. The Minister also mentioned the major challenge of preventing this type of violence and playing an important role in changing attitudes.
"I urge everyone here, in particular associations, to continue to work tirelessly to raise awareness among the women and men of this country, with a particular focus on men. They must feel concerned because if there is violence, it arises from them," he stated in his speech.
Céline Cottalorda, who was recently appointed Delegate for the Promotion and Protection of Women's Rights, then briefly gave a presentation of her new functions, referring to a "political will to transform the relations between men and women."
The speaker then took the floor, describing all aspects of the process of violence in detail: manipulation, humiliation, intimidation, threats, a desire to keep the other person in a state of fear, etc. Recalling the importance of teaching and education, Karine Lambert also addressed the great loneliness felt by victims, who consequently have strong feelings of insecurity and develop survival mechanisms. "We must give more credit to the victims' words and recognise the harm they suffer."
"Violence stems from the way society is organised. Stereotypes are persistent and have major consequences - they alter human relationships and cause confusion between sexuality and violence. Society attributes hierarchical and asymmetrical roles to men and women," she stated in conclusion.
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