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Sixteen days of activism against gender-based violence in Burkina Faso

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Abstract: The annual 16-day campaign against gender-based violence was held in Burkina Faso in 2007. It was aimed at, besides other objectives, a reconsideration of the law in parliament by proposing amendments stemming from issues arising from the campaign’s activities. The activities launched by the campaign committee together with roughly 50 partner organizations included theatre representations, sketches and film performances, commercials, roundtables and documentaries on the national television, training for radio journalists and a conference on HIV and VAW. Resource persons facilitating at these events were drawn from the field of gender-based violence and HIV and AIDS. According to a 2006 survey on violence against women in Burkina Faso, the most frequent forms of violence include being over-worked in the homes, and being subjected to physical cruelties and blows. Burkina Faso has made considerable strides to improve the conditions of women. A National Policy for the Promotion of Women was adopted in 2004 and a national gender policy is being formulated.
Authors: Ilse, J. , Simon, S.
Country: Burkina Faso
Category: Policy
End Page: 15
Serial number: 3
ISSN: 1871-7551
Journal: Exchange on HIV/AIDS, sexuality and gender
Keywords: women , violence
Language: eng
Organization: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
Year: 2008
Region: Africa South of Sahara , West Africa
Right: © 2008 KIT
Subject: Culture, Society and Religion
Start Page: 14
Title: Sixteen days of activism against gender-based violence in Burkina Faso