Office of the Judiciary partners with Crisis Centre for 16 Days of Activism campaign

The Office of the Judiciary is pleased to partner with the Bahamas Crisis Centre to mark the United Nations (UN) campaign to end gender-based violence against women and girls. The judiciary made a presentation to the Bahamas Crisis Centre, December 9, 2021, at the Office of the Chief Justice — galvanized around the slogan: “Orange the World: End Violence Against Women Now!”

Small actions can make a big impact to end violence against women. Everyone has a role to play. The Office of the Judiciary took part in the 16 Days of Activism campaign, aimed at highlighting gender-based violence in the community and home, directed against women and children.

Beginning with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, on November 25, 2021 and running until December 10, 2021, Human Rights Day, the UN has observed 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.

With the support of the chief justice, the Office of the Judiciary sought to play its role through encouraging staff and judges to support this initiative by purchasing an orange ribbon to wear daily throughout the campaign: ribbons were made by a staff member, then sold at nominal cost; and all proceeds from the sale of ribbons were donated to the Crisis Centre.

Staff and judges in the judiciary have participated in two ways: the first was to wear a white ribbon on Monday, November 29, 2021. The White Ribbon Campaign was started by a group of men in Ontario, Canada, in November 1991 to mark the École Polytechnique massacre (Montreal University massacre) of 14 women, 13 students and one staff member, by a man in 1989. And the second was by wearing an orange ribbon each day of the UN’s 16 Days of Activism.

Laws and their effective implementation — and responding to this grave human rights violation — a critical foundation in the prevention of violence against women and girls.

Information from the UN-WOMEN website reveals that, globally, 243 million women and girls were abused by an intimate partner in the past year. Fewer than 40 percent of women who experience violence report it or seek help. The situation increased with the implementation of lockdowns as a means to fight the pandemic.

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