President Michel Aoun unveiled monument, by ABAAD, dedicated to the victims of domestic violence in Lebanon.
President of the Republic Michel Aoun deemed Saturday that "violence against women is a kind of barbarism that man has not yet been able to get rid of," considering that it was the result of "human conscience absence."
Aoun's words came during the inauguration ceremony where he lifted the curtain off the memorial statue for women victims of domestic violence, by ABAAD, placed on the intersection leading to the Presidential Palace in Baabda.
The ceremony was held as part of a solidarity campaign against gender-based violence, marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The President disclosed in his word that the first thing he thought of following his election was to eliminate the legal differences between men and women in society, which he considered were "still far from limiting violence against women that destroys the family, the first cell of society."
"Today we are unveiling the monument for both men and women to see...and when they see this monument, men should remember that they should apologize to women who have been abused, whether among their acquaintances or across their nation," Aoun added.
"It's painful to see that one in four women experiences sexual abuse,” ABAAD director Ghida Anani said. “It's painful to see that every month, a woman is killed. We are demanding our full citizenship rights.”
She added that the statue was “proof of President Aoun's commitment to end violence against women.”