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UK, Canada and UNFPA renew calls to end GBV

December 07, 2023

Islamabad: Activists, the international community and politicians came together at the British High Commission on 4 December 2023 as part of the annual 16 days of activism against gender-based violence (GBV).

British High Commissioner, Jane Marriott CMG OBE, jointly hosted a special reception with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Representative, Dr Luay Shabaneh, and Canadian High Commissioner, Leslie Scanlon. 

British High Commissioner, Jane Marriott CMG OBE, said "Today we rightly celebrate the progress we have made towards protecting women and girls from the heinous acts of gender-based violence. But this is no time to be complacent, and the UK will continue to speak out against a worrying rollback of women's and girls' rights, and to support grassroots organisations.”

British High Commissioner, Jane Marriott CMG OBE speaks during an event on August 1, 2023. — Facebook/UK in Pakistan
British High Commissioner, Jane Marriott CMG OBE speaks during an event on August 1, 2023. — Facebook/UK in Pakistan

UNFPA Country Representative, Dr. Luay Shabaneh, said “Under UNFPA’s transformative results we are working to end gender based violence by 2030. Women are a missed opportunity in Pakistan. If Women are given their chance to prosper, then the country has a chance for prosperity and good future. We have to shame the perpetrators and we must honour and support the survivors of violence. We must and continue to invest in the health and protection services. Pakistan must advance the implementation of laws and improve the conviction rate of perpetrator in cases of violence against women and girls.”

Canadian High Commissioner, Leslie Scanlon, said “Canada has been a leading advocate for the elimination of sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls, globally. In Pakistan, Canada is supporting more than to 12 Pakistani women’s rights organisations (WROs) to advocate for and advance gender equality rights for women and girls in the country.