Posted by: Ana Monroy | January 14, 2013

16 Days of Activism 2012 in the field: Angola

Promoting access to justice for victims of SGBV in Angola

Despite the prevalence of SGBV in all regions of the world, levels of reporting are low. Numerous cultural and practical barriers prevent survivors from coming forward, and impunity for perpetrators is widespread. This has prompted UNHCR to intensify the efforts to improve access to justice for survivors, often in difficult settings.

In Angola, UNHCR took the 16 Days of Activism as an opportunity to promote the Law on Domestic Violence approved by the Angolan Parliament in July 2011. Such a law represents a meaningful step further in preventing and fighting violence “at home”, as it was finally criminalized.

UNHCR Angola is working close to the National Criminal Investigation Police to raise awareness about the law amongst communities, especially amongst those settled in remote areas. Copies of a poster addressing the law are also being distributed in police stations, hospitals, schools and border areas of Angola.

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