Karama HRFF 4th Edition

Organized with support of the European Union

In commemoration of and support for the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women” which is dated on November 25th every year, and the “16 days of activism Against Gender-Based Violence”, Karama organized a special event on November 27th, 2013.

The ‘United Nations General Assembly’ has designated November 25 as the “International Day for the “Elimination of Violence against Women” (Resolution 54/134). The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to various types of violence, abuse and discrimination at many levels. Yet, to this date, women and girls from all backgrounds continue to suffer from various types of abuse on daily bases.

In a declaration on behalf of the European Union in 2012, High Representative Catherine Ashton underlines the EU's commitment to support the elimination of violence against women. She stated that "the violence knows no geographical, cultural, social, economic or educational boundaries… Violence against women is arguably the most widespread human rights violation of our time; a violation that claims millions of victims every year and causes terrible physical and emotional pain. "

The “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence” is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. Karama hosts its main annual event, every year, during the last days of the 16 days campaign and ends it on the “International Day for Human Rights” (December 10th); the campaign aims to link ‘violence against women’ and ‘human rights’ in attempt to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights .

This event came as part of Al Ma3mal and “Karama Human Rights Film Festival” ongoing activities in effort to advocate for and raise awareness on issues related to Human Rights in general, and Women’s Rights in particular, in Jordan and the region.

Organized with the support of the European Union and hosted by the “French Institute” in Al Weibdeh, Amman, the event took place on November 27th. 2013. It included the screening of three films which were followed by an open discussion facilitated by Karama Team members and Ms. Hadeel Abdel Aziz, from “Justice Center for Legal Aid”; Mr. Sadam Azam, an activist and volunteer at the “National Center for Human Rights”; and Mr. Ahmad Abu Hamad, from “Amman Net.”


Screened Films

“Forbicci” | Italy | 6 minutes | Animation | Maria Di Razza
There is no census, no culture, no proximity or previous experience of violence that triggers off a well identifiable cause/effect relationship. The phenomenon, violence against women, is transversal; it hits in the most unexpected places and spreads emerging from the marshes of silence only proportionately to the degree of emancipation and freedom reached by women. The story is freely inspired by a real-life event that took place in Naples' surroundings on July 2 2012.

“Bonjour Les Hirondelles” | France | 9 minutes | Eric Cayron
A Film that discusses the domestic violence practiced against women.

“Selma” | 20 minutes | Mohammed Ben Attia/Ana Huna Project | GIZ
A Film that discusses the compilation that women confront in their countries, trying to live a decent life and create a better future for them and their families; these women are locked in a daily struggle with the world around them.