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Commemorative event on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in El Salvador

On November 25, 2020, as part of the commemoration of the "International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women", the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), together with the Attorney General’s Office of the Republic of El Salvador, the Canadian Embassy, ​​the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) and the Association of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences of El Salvador, developed a virtual commemorative event.
61 participants attended the event, including personnel from the Attorney General's Office of El Salvador and university students, which was held to highlight the different acts of violence committed against women and the gender stereotypes that persist in society.
The commemorative messages were delivered by Karolina Guay, Canadian Ambassador to El Salvador; Raúl Melara, Attorney General of the Republic of El Salvador; Mónica Mendoza, Head of the UNODC Country Office in El Salvador and Robert Loosle, INL Cross Program Collaboration Manager.
“In many countries, direct and indirect victims often face limitations in access to justice based on gender stereotypes or stereotypical behaviors. The commemoration of this international day, constitutes a favourable occasion to reflect on the serious acts of violence that are perpetrated every day against women and girls, including sexual crimes, forced disappearance, torture, femicide and other forms of violence in its various dimensions, as well as addressing the remaining challenges to prevent and face them”, indicated Ms. Mónica Mendoza.
During the event, two specialized lectures were made in topics such as sexual violence committed against girls and women in El Salvador and the problem of gender stereotypes in dealing with cases of disappeared persons.

#YouNotice: Violence doesn’t give you power
The participant institutions launched during the event the campaign as part of the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women under the phrase #YouNotice (DateCuenta) “You notice, violence doesn’t give you power", which will be accompanied by audiovisual resources and messages against the stereotypes faced by girls and women. The campaign will be disseminated during the 16 days of activism against gender violence in El Salvador.
Today we remember that women's rights are human rights, and I invite you to join the call for a better future for girls and women #YouNotice, violence does not give you power” highlighted Karolina Guay.