Hundreds of women peacefully marched through the main streets of the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui today to demand for inclusive, violence-free elections.
“All we want is peace,” sang the participants who donned white t-shirts, a symbol of their message for peace. They called for election security and respect for women’s rights; they denounced election-related gender-based violence and urged unity among Central Africans.
Organized by women’s civil society organizations in the Central African Republic (CAR) in partnership with MINUSCA and UN Women on the occasion of Human Rights Day celebrated on 10 December, the “March for Peace” coincided with the closing of this year’s “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence” campaign.
“Our voices are louder than your weapons,” chanted the crowd while calling for Central African women and girls to make their voices heard in demanding for peaceful elections. The march sough to highlight the need to protect women from violence – to which they are too often subjected during the electoral period – and raise awareness on the need for women’s meaningful participation in the various stages of the election.
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