Embassy of Canada in Thailand joins 16 Days of activism against gender-based violence
Date: Friday, November 20, 2015
The Embassy of Canada in Thailand hosted a breakfast reception in support of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence and the UN Secretary General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence Against Women and Girls.
The gathering aimed to discuss and reflect on actions that can be taken to achieve a world free of gender-based violence.
Roberta Clarke, Regional Director of UN Women Asia and the Pacific and Representative in Thailand joined distinguished guests, among those are Dr. Sita Somrit, Advisor and Chief of Women and Children Empowerment Programme from the Thailand Institute of Justice, as well as a contingent of Thailand’s members of civil society, government, the diplomatic community, academic institutions, and the media.
“Gender-based violence affects us as individuals and communities, whether in Canada, Thailand, or around the world. We recognize the basic human right to live without fear of gender-based violence, and so we reiterate the call to do more than simply discuss. We must pursue decisive action and initiate social change to prevent violence now and in the future,” said H.E. Philip Calvert, Ambassador of Canada to Thailand.
In recognition of the critical role that men and boys around the world have in combating gender-based violence, Ambassador Calvert used the opportunity to sign up as a HeForShe supporter and encouraged guests to sign up and make their own HeForShe pledges.
Throughout the 16 Days of Activism campaign, Ambassador Calvert has lit up the Official Residence orange to raise awareness and encourage action to stop violence against women. By lighting the residence in this symbolic colour of brightness and optimism, the embassy expressed support for the campaign locally and internationally as well as its online messages contributing to the #16Days of Activism.
For further information, please contact:
Diego De La Rosa
Regional HeFor She Campaign Coordinator
The United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign aims to raise public awareness and increase political will and resources for preventing and ending all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world. Through its advocacy initiatives at the global, regional and national levels, the UNiTE campaign is working to mobilize individuals and communities.
Initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign Global Youth Network, Orange Day calls upon activists, governments and UN partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year, on 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), but every month.
HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls upon men and boys to stand up against the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The campaign strengthens the support for women's rights as human rights by enlisting the support of men and exhorting them to put themselves forward as advocates for gender equality.
For more information, visit www.heforshe.org