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Staff members of FEACC mark Int’l White Ribbon Day, World AIDS Day  

Addis Ababa (FEACC) Staff members of the Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (FEACC) marked the International White Ribbon Day and World AIDS Day on December 8, 2011 with various assortments.

Speaking at the occasion, Deputy Commissioner of FEACC, H.E. Addisu Mengistu said White Ribbon Day is marked every year to raise people’s awareness about gender based violence and its negative impact on development.

The day also aimed at pressuring governments to keep their promises to fight violence against women and further strengthening various campaigns launched to stop violence against women, he said.  The day is named after an oath taken by men never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women to show their alliance.

The Deputy Commissioner said this year’s World AIDS Day is celebrated under the theme “Getting to Zero: zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths”.

He said the FEACC has been contributing its share to fight violence against women and contain the spread of HIV/AIDS over the past years. The Commission has assigned focal persons for the same purpose.  

Presenting a relevant paper, Seblewongel Fikadu, Focal Person for Gender in the Commission said White Ribbon Day is inspired by the White Ribbon Pledge lead by men who campaign to stop domestic violence against women. The Day is marked at national level under the theme '' Stop Gender-Based Violence and Speed up the Renaissance’s Development''.  

HIV/AIDS Focal Person in the Commission, Ferda Gemeda, also presented a relevant paper on the occasion.  

Discussions on the papers and various educational programs were presented as part of the event.

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