As part of the United Nations campaign against gender-based violence, which runs from November 25 to December 10, 2021, the National Human Rights Council (CNDH) has launched a national campaign under the slogan “Do not we are not silent in the face of violence against women and girls ”.
The campaign, which will run for 25 November 2021/25 November 2022, aims to encourage victims of gender-based violence to report it and thus fight against the impunity of the perpetrators.
For the CNDH, this campaign offers the opportunity to express its major concerns regarding violence against women and girls and the resulting violations of their rights to physical and psychological integrity and to non-discrimination. , as well as the multiplicity of obstacles to reporting and establishing effective remedies and access to justice for victims of violence.
In this sense, the CNDH explains that the launch of this campaign takes into account the persistence of these obstacles, and on the basis of the resurgence of violence in the streets and in the digital space, and the identification of a discourse offensive that makes the victims accountable and lenient with the perpetrator, claiming that they have gone beyond “cultural and social norms” or “traditions” and norms relating to appropriate behavior for women and girls “.
It also takes into account the double violence to which women may be exposed in their search for justice and reparation, whether from the perpetrator or the environment, or in the media’s treatment of problems of violence through defamation, damage to reputation and slander.
However, the Council calls for the implementation of the legal and institutional framework relating to the protection against violence against women with regard to evidentiary requirements and procedural practices, and measures to protect victims. victims.
It also stresses the importance of the right of access to justice as an entry point for the enjoyment of other rights and invites the competent authorities to redouble their efforts to facilitate the exercise of the right to a remedy. for women victims of violence, whatever their situation, or social and legal status.
It further recommends that the government simplify procedures, remove material obstacles, provide judicial assistance and support during trials and during execution, and implement the provisions of the Constitution while calling for the struggle. against all forms of discrimination
In its advocacy, the CNDH calls for special attention to be paid to girls who are victims of violence in order to preserve their interests and enable them to make important decisions concerning their lives in areas related to their health, their sexual and reproductive rights, their marriage or exposure to other harmful practices and various forms of violence.
It also calls on the various actors to contribute to the creation of favorable environments which encourage women to report crimes committed against them, respecting their right to privacy and confidentiality in all research procedures, d investigation and litigation and taking the necessary measures to prevent reprisals against women who resort to the justice system.
In addition to its recommendations, the CNDH also expressed a demand, namely the ratification of the ILO Convention on the Elimination of Violence and Harassment, the Convention (n ° 190) and its recommendation (n ° 206), which aim to ensure that no one is subjected to violence and harassment in the workplace, and to protect male and female workers and other people in the workplace, and to accede to the Council of the Europe on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.