In November 30th 2017, Community of Women who use drugs (WUD) with support of Recovering Nepal organized a program of “Elimination of Violence against women” (orange day). Indicating this year’s theme ‘Leaving no one Behind: Ending Violence against Women & Girls’ a group conducted event wearing Orange T-shirt with banner raising awareness and a message of gender based violation on Maitighar Mandala, Kathmandu. This event captures a priority issue of women & girls around the world facing violence and also shows an activism and contribution to way forward to end violence against women. This statement targets a general population, policy makers, relevant ministries who can contribute to solutions.
“Break the Silence, when you witness violence against women and girls, do not sit back. Act”
Women in domestic violence situations in jurisdictions where legislation exists to address domestic violence, avoid seeking support from police for the very real fear that doing so, at risk of exposing her drug use, can result in prosecution for drug use, loss of child custody or even – if pregnant, to be placed in involuntary ‘treatment’ or prosecuted for fetal assault. Further, where services such as emergency shelters exist for women leaving domestic violence situations, women who use drugs are often excluded. Women who use drugs in many countries report violence, including rape, at the hands of State actors such as police and compulsory treatment centre staff. In most instances, there are no accessible, ‘safe’ mechanisms for WUD to seek recourse or prosecution of perpetrators.
This year, the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women “orange day” has the theme: “Leave No One Behind: Ending Violence against Women and Girls”. Building on this vision, throughout 2017, the UNiTE Campaign marks all Orange Days (the 25th of every month) “…to underscore its commitment towards reaching the most underserved”. Orange Day calls upon civil society, governments, and UN partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), but every month.
WUD community contribution towards gender based violation cannot be unrecognized, with the vision and motive ending violence against women should be address and heard. Between Nov 25 to 10th Dec there is ongoing 16 days of activisms: campaign, activities, programs all around the world. This group are contributing to make this possible by supporting, pushing policy makers to re-ensure implementation and evaluation of comprehensive laws & policies addressing the root cause of violence through prevention strategies and working with relevant communities to change the social norms, understanding the nature of problem.