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5K Walk Against Gender Violence

12-03-2012

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a 5K Walk to raise awareness about gender violence on Monday, December 10 at 4:30pm. The walk culminates 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and complements Suriname’s own initiatives to raise awareness about domestic violence. The walk is a public display of joint U.S.-Suriname support for the issue. At the start of the walk, Ambassador Anania will present a certificate to the winner of the Embassy drawing contest and give brief remarks.

One in four women around the world will experience some form of gender-based violence in her lifetime.  Violence against women and girls affects Suriname just as it does in the United States and every other nation.  Gender-based violence is a global pandemic that cuts across ethnic, racial, socio-economic, and religious lines, and knows no borders. 

We all need to work together—the international community, governments, multilateral organizations, and grassroots-level advocates to address and prevent violence from occurring. Evidence demonstrates that women’s empowerment is critical to building stable, democratic societies; to supporting open and accountable governance; to further international peace and security; to growing vibrant market economies; and to addressing pressing health and educational challenges.

The 5K walk will help us raise awareness together about gender and domestic violence.