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‘Don’t close eyes to violence against women’

ZAMBIA’S Ambassador to Brazil, Cynthia Jangulo, was among several heads of missions and dignitaries at an event where Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called on governments not to close their eyes to the extent of violence against women.
During the occasion marking the opening of the House of the Brazilian Woman, built in the 27 country capitals, aimed at offering shelter, protection against violence and support to restart life to the women victims of violence, President Rousseff said every assault on a woman was also an assault on the family because of the social role woman play regarding the children.
In a statement made available by first secretary for press and public relations at the Zambian embassy in Brazil Patson Chilemba, President Rousseff said if the primary violence was not fought, it was that which transformed into a sad example for children, teenagers and ultimately the future of the country.
“That is why governments can’t close their eyes to the reality of violence against women,” President Rousseff said.
She said Brazil had been through many historical phases which left deep impressions, such as slavery, but that the other distinctive trait was the patriarchy of reducing women to a different and unequal condition, to a submissive and oppressive condition, subject to all kinds of violence.
President Rousseff further announced that Brazil was installing service centres on the country’s borders to fight international networks for trafficking and sexual exploitation of women.
“Not only due to the fact that I am the first female President of the country, but because we women and all good men of this country are opposed to injustice, cowardice and disrespect to women’s rights,” President Rousseff said.

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