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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 380-381  

Spotlight initiative: A step of united nations and European union to end violence against women


1 Department of Community Medicine, Member of the Medical Education Unit & Medical Research Unit, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Web Publication2-Aug-2018

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DOI: 10.4103/MJDRDYPU.MJDRDYPU_195_17

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Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS, Ramasamy J. Spotlight initiative: A step of united nations and European union to end violence against women. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth 2018;11:380-1

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Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS, Ramasamy J. Spotlight initiative: A step of united nations and European union to end violence against women. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth [serial online] 2018 [cited 2019 Nov 17];11:380-1. Available from: http://www.mjdrdypv.org/text.asp?2018/11/4/380/238168



Sir,

Violence against women has been identified as a major global concern, with almost 35% of women being subjected to either physical and/or sexual violence at least once.[1] It would not be wrong to expect that these estimates are far less from the real picture as often such incidents go unreported due to various social reasons.[1] Further, it is a serious violation of human rights and calls for immediate attention from the stakeholders not only due to its sheer magnitude but also due to the long-term sequels of the incidents in the life of the victims.[1],[2],[3]

In order to respond to the problem, the United Nations and the European Union (EU) have collectively started the Spotlight initiative.[4] This initiative is a universal step to terminate all forms of violence against women (viz., physical–sexual–domestic violence, financial abuse, child marriage, female genital mutilation, etc.) by the year 2030.[4] The initiative is predominantly funded by the EU, and it will be implemented worldwide under the leadership of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Women, and the United Nations Development Programme.[4]

Considering the magnitude of the problem and the plan to implement the initiative in a number of nations simultaneously, the initiative is an unparalleled and a holistic approach, with services ranging from prevention of violence, protection of the victims to avail justice, and other supportive services.[3],[4] Apart from providing financial support, the EU will look for mobilization of resources and will also work in collaboration with national governments and other local welfare agencies.[4] The ultimate aim of the initiative is to reach the attitudes and behaviors of real people and motivate women to exercise their right to speak up against any such sufferings.[4] Further, it is important that women should internalize the fact that they are never at fault for any abuse to which they are exposed.[4],[5]

Under the initiative, issues of women trafficking in Asia, gender-based violence in sub-Saharan Africa, femicide in Latin America, and domestic violence in the Caribbean and Pacific will be primarily given importance.[4] The planned efforts will complement the ongoing measures of UNFPA in the identified regions, and based on the results obtained, the efforts will be further expanded.[3],[4],[5] It is important to realize that by means of this initiative, we can be successful in transforming victims of violence from survivors to leaders, and that will play a great role in the success and reduction of the magnitude of the problem.[1],[4] However, the sustainability of the efforts can never be guaranteed unless men are not targeted, and they should be made to realize their responsibility.[1],[3],[4],[5] Men have to tell other men what is right and what is wrong and assume a leadership role in preventing such episodes.[1],[3],[4],[5]

To conclude, there is an immense need to counter the problem of violence against women, and this can be achieved by empowering women and offering them strength and hope to deal with this menace.

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Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.



 
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1.
World Health Organization. Violence Against Women – Fact Sheet No. 239; 2016. Available from: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs239/en/. [Last accessed on 2017 Sep 27].  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Sen S, Bolsoy N. Violence against women: Prevalence and risk factors in Turkish sample. BMC Womens Health 2017;17:100.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Darj E, Wijewardena K, Lindmark G, Axemo P. 'Even though a man takes the major role, he has no right to abuse': Future male leaders' views on gender-based violence in Sri Lanka. Glob Health Action 2017;10:1348692.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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United Nations Population Fund. UN and EU Launch Global Effort to End Violence Against Women; 2017. Available from: http://www.unfpa.org/news/un-and-eu-launch-global-effort-end-violence-against-women. [Last accessed on 2017 Sep 27].  Back to cited text no. 4
    
5.
Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS, Ramasamy J. Extending humanitarian assistance to the survivors of gender-based violence in Ukraine. Pri Healthc 2016;6:e117.  Back to cited text no. 5
    




 

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