SUZANNE SHEPPARD

Veteran Journalist and survivor of domestic violence, Suzanne Sheppard.

Today marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the start of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

The 2015 commemoration is themed “Orange the World: End Violence against Women and Girls”.

In her Statement , the UN Women Executive Director emphasises that violence against women and girls is not acceptable or inevitable, and that it can be prevented.

Through concerted action by everyone, she says, “we can tackle the unequal power relations and structures between men and women and highlight the necessary attitudinal, practice and institutional changes.”

She points to action already taken to improve laws and mobilize communities against gender-based violence, as well as the show of solidarity at all levels with this cause, including “explicit targets to eliminate violence against women in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

Nonetheless, since there is still much to be achieved, she calls for everyone to continue working together for “a more equal world – a Planet 50-50 – where women and girls can and will live free from violence.”

The Secretary-General’s Message focuses on “the plight of women and girls living in conditions of armed conflict, who suffer various forms of violence, sexual assault, sexual slavery and trafficking,” and joins the call for a stronger commitment to this cause through increased government contributions to the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, and an appeal for everyone to “join forces to end this crime, promote full gender equality and realize a world where women and girls enjoy the safety they deserve – for their sake and for all of humanity.”

In observance of such, News Power Now spoke exclusively to veteran Journalist and survivor of domestic violence, Suzanne Sheppard.

Sheppard briefly recapped how the abuse started and what she did to be free from attacker.

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Sheppard who said she escaped from her husband’s abuse after 10 years, packed up a few belongings and ran to the comfort of her mother’s house, where she and her son were safe.

Now Sheppard said she has learned a lot from that experience and is an advocate for all women who are in need of help

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Veteran Journalist and survivor of domestic violence, Suzanne Sheppard.