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One in three women experienced some form of violence: UN Representative to Macedonia

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Globally, one in three women or girls have experienced some form of violence, the UN Resident Representative to Macedonia, Louisa Vinton, tells MIA.

“This figure, one in three, applies almost in every country in any context. In Macedonia, we have found a lack of data, we don’t know how many cases there are. We work hard in this respect. At the moment, we are conducting a survey about the state of play in the country,” Vinton says in an interview with MIA.

The European Union, she adds, has conducted a comprehensive survey on the matter in 2014.

“It has been documented that not only one in three women or girls have experienced some form of violence, but also 8 per cent of those interviewed said they had been physically or sexually assaulted in the past 12 months,” Vinton notes.

Friday will mark the start of the campaign “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence” at an event in Parliament, organized by the UN in cooperation with Macedonian institutions, where Louisa Vinton will be in attendance.

The event is held on the eve of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (Nov. 25).

“The campaign aims at raising awareness about the issue of violence against women. The UN pays utmost attention to this issue, because violence against women is an issue of human rights that is abused the most. The goal is people to become aware about the matter, and also to be aware about what they can do to prevent violence,” stresses Vinton.

Macedonia, she says, has a long tradition of observing the international day, however the country has to do a lot more to implement already-adopted solutions.

The Parliament being the venue where the campaign is to be launched is no coincidence. UN Representative Vinton calls it ‘a symbolic act’ suggesting that Parliament is expected as soon as possible to adopt the Istanbul Convention (the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence).