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Women more frequently fall victims to violence than to serious illnesses

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“Orange Your Neighbourhood” was the motto that was promoted Monday in a Skopje high school to mark the start of the16 Days of Activism against Gender­Based Violence campaign as part of the UN­-backed global campaign “Orange Your Neighbourhood”.

Addressing the event, Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska said it was necessary each and every one of us, both as individuals and as a society, to raise our voice against gender­-based violence.

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“In the past few years, the Interior Ministry (MoI) and the civil sector have managed to make a major step in raising awareness about this real problem, especially about family violence which is largely the ‘medium’ where women are usually victims on various bases. Busting former taboos and stereotypes regarding violence, we have begun eliminating the issue systematically, normatively and preventively according to the threats and consequences produced by this dangerous social phenomenon,” stated Jankuloska.

Gender-­based violence is one of the most common and one of the least recognised violations of human rights, according to UN Resident Coordinator Louisa Vinton.

“Globally, one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence in a given moment in their lives, in many cases by their intimate partner. Almost half of the women in 2012 were killed by either their partner or by a family member,” Vinton stressed.

Statistically, she noted, rape and domestic violence are a bigger threat to women than cancer, car crashes, wars or malaria altogether. The UN official called on perpetrators of violence to be brought to justice and young generations to know that ‘real men don’t hit women’.

According to MoI statistics, 635 crimes committed during family violence were registered thus far, which is a 25% rise compared to last year. The crimes in 90% of the cases were committed by men and the victims were women in a majority of the cases. The number of complaints filed until September involving physical and emotional abuse is more than 3,200 ­ an increase of 36% than the same period last year.