UN 2018 Women Run - Violence Free Life: It's My Rights
The United Nation in Ethiopia has partnered with the Great Ethiopian Run to organize the UN 2018 Women Run which will be held on 11 March under the theme, Violence-Free Life: It’s My Rights.
The United Nations chose Violence-Free Life: It’s My Rights as a theme for this year's run to reinforce efforts of all stakeholders including the government, civil society and the private sector to end all forms of violence against women and girls.
At the launch of the registration held in Fitawrari Habte-Giorgis School where she attended her primary school on 8 February 2018, Meseret Defar, Ethiopia’s Olympic Gold Medalist, urged all actors to intensify efforts to end violence against women and girls.
“Women and girls have a right to enjoy a life free from violence. They have a right to get educated and take the path they choose. Their potential should not be suppressed because of violence which often starts at home,” said Meseret.
According to Ethiopian Demographic Health Survey, prevalence of spousal violence (domestic violence) is 35%; one third of ever-married women reported that they have experienced violence from their husband or partner. The report also says 47% of girls aged 15-19 have also undergone Female Genital Mutilation /Cutting.
Violence seriously undermines the rights of women to social services such as healthcare and education. It also prevents them from unleashing their potential and contributing to the country's socio-economic development.
Achieving Gender Equality and Empowering All Women and Girls (Goal 5) is also one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals endorsed by all members states of the United Nations. Addressing gender inequalities exposing women to various forms of gender-based violence is essential to achieve the 'Leave No One Behind' principle of the 15-year global development agenda.
Some 12,000 women and girls are expected to participate in the run.