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A remembrance ceremony to honour the memory of women and girls who are deceased victims of gender-based violence, takes place today.

The event which had been previously planned by the Department of Gender Relations in the Ministry of Health, for November 25th  2013, comes as part of the observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children- a day designated by the United Nations to bring global attention to the increasing levels of violence that continues to affect women and children in every country around the world.

It also coincides with the 16 Day Orange Your Worlds Campaign Against Gender Violence, which end on World Human Rights Day December 10. A statement issued by the department notes that Violence against women and children are violations of their basic human rights and as such is an obstacle to achieving equality and equity.

Members of the public are invited to attend the Remembrance Ceremony, which will take place at Serenity Park in Sans Souci from 4:00 p.m. today, where there will be messages of solidarity and inspiration, and relatives of deceased victims will share on their experiences.

The theme selected for this year’s observance is “TAKE A STAND, END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS”. It calls for collective action by government, individuals, groups, communities and institutions to end all forms of violence against women and girls.

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