The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was marked on Sunday. The Ministry for Equality said that despite the progress made which saw the authorities empowered to combat domestic violence, more needs to be done in order to bring about a cultural and mentality change. Saying that only such changes would see tolerance towards domestic and gender based violence coming to an end. The Ministry said that over the past year more than 800 professionals were trained in addressing cases of domestic violence and working with victims.
The Ministry appealed to the media that disseminate its message, that silence was not the answer to domestic violence and one should report such abuse. The Ministry said that everyone was responsible to address domestic violence, and that everyone should report any form of violence that one witnesses.
During the 16 day campaign against domestic violence and gender based violence the Ministry’s facade will be lit up with orange lights as part of the United Nations campaign “Orange the World: #HearMeToo”.