Women marched to end violence against women around the worldListen /
It was a cold, cloudy day in New York with snow, sleet and rain on that Friday, the 8th of March. But neither snow, nor sleet, or rain could discourage these women from marching on the occasion of International Women's Day. The aim of the rally was to generate a heightened awareness for prevention of violence against women. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports.
A rape victim who became pregnant tells her story
It is said that sexual crimes against women are underreported due to the stigma attached to it. And not many women rape survivors muster the courage to tell their story. But Liz Carl from Kentucky, United States was not only raped when she was 17, she became pregnant as a result of the assault. She is now a university student about to get her Masters Degree in Psychology. Liz tells Beng Poblete-Enriquez her story.
Perpetrators of violence against women are often "untouched" says Council of Europe Deputy Secretary-General
Preventing violence, protecting its victims and prosecuting the perpetrators are the cornerstones of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. The Istanbul Convention, as it is called, is the first legally binding instrument in Europe to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence. In this interview with Donn Bobb, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of Europe Gabriella Dragoni says "the perpetrators of violence against women are often untouched and "we really have to start to give a very strong signal that those who perpetrate violence of any kind must absolutely go through the legal system".
Presenter: Beng Poblete-Enriquez