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25 November is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The British Government believes that all forms of violence against women must stop, and the British High Commission in Kampala works with local and international partners in Uganda to help achieve this goal.
In June 2014, the British High Commission hosted a “Mini-Summit”, as part of the 84-hour Global Relay of events to mark the Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict (ESVC) Global Summit in London. Over 30 representatives from government, civil society and academia came together to focus on these issues and explore what the priorities are for Uganda. The ESVC Summit was followed in July 2014 by Prime Minister David Cameron’s Girl Summit in London, which focused on ending female genital mutilation. The UK’s National Action Plan (NAP) brings together all activity on the women, peace and security agenda, including the elimination of violence against women and girls. The UK is also committed to ending violence against women human rights defenders and engaging men and boys and ensuring that they speak out against violence.
One in three women around the world experience violence during their lifetime. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is marked every year on 25 November. The period between 25 November and International Human Rights Day on 10 December is known as “16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence”. The British High Commission in Kampala supports the UN’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, which will be particularly active during the 16 Days of Activism.