December 10 is Human Rights Day, annually celebrated across the world.
Governor Parkop is calling on the public to recognise this and make a stand, particularly to end violence in the country.
“We have not seriously addressed this issue (violence) in the past and I think the consequences are there for us to see, it’s affecting the economy, investment and the quality of life,” he said.
Parkop stated that similar focus, such as that given to tackling the economy and infrastructure growth, should equally be given to tackling violence, particularly gender-base violence (GBV).
He said the Human Rights Day is a perfect time to draw attention to GBV.
“I want us to stop the city. Thousands of people must come out and walk. That will make a very powerful statement that we’ve had enough of violence,” he said.
Since its introduction by the United Nations, human rights day is normally marked both by high-level political conferences and meetings and by cultural events and exhibitions dealing with human rights issues.