Every second of every day, violence is experienced by women everywhere. By commemorating this day, we have the chance to acknowledge the problem, start solving it and eventually eradicate it.
The United Nations General Assembly established the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in December 1999. 16 days of activism and remembrance starting today lead up to International Human Rights Day.
When is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
As part of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which takes place on November 25, a persistent human rights problem is brought to light. Today, rape and other forms of violence are still commonplace against women all across the world.
Over the years, world leaders and government officials have taken the initiative to lessen violence against women and girls. Sadly, it still occurs way too regularly. Human rights are still routinely and persistently violated by violence against women.
- Intimate partners are the main perpetrators of physical or sexual violence against one in three women worldwide.
- 35% of women and girls will encounter physical or sexual violence throughout their lifetimes. The statistics are closer to 70% in some nations.
- Women make up about half of all victims of human trafficking worldwide.
- In the world, 650 million women and girls are compelled to wed before turning 18.
- In 30 nations, 200 million women and girls have experienced female genital mutilation.
- At some point in their lives, about 15 million girls between the ages of 15 and 19 engage in forced sex.
Many women and girls who are subjected to violent acts do not seek assistance. Although domestic violence laws exist in 144 nations, they are not always upheld. This day aims to end the stigma, shame, and silence that surrounds these acts of violence against women as well as raise awareness of them.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women History
Henchmen of dictator Rafael Trujillo murdered the Dominican Republic’s Mirabal sisters on November 25, 1960. The sisters, who were involved in anti-Trujillo movements, were battered and strangled before being put in a Jeep that was driven off a mountain road to make their deaths seem unintentional. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1999. On this day, 16 days of activism and memory begin, leading up to International Human Rights Day.
19% of women between the ages of 15 and 49 have experienced physical or sexual violence “by an intimate partner,” according to a United Nations report. In a few instances, the woman dies as a result of this brutality.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Activities
Adopt the cause
You can take a variety of actions to maintain the momentum, including educating yourself on the subject and setting up meetings, teach-ins, and marches to show your support and solidarity.
Post images, messages, and videos demonstrating how you are “orange the world” with other women all over the world. The United Nations agency UN Women, which is committed to advancing gender equality and women’s continued emancipation, is behind the campaign.
Create an opinion piece.
The majority of regional newspapers welcome reader opinion articles. Make mention of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in an opinion piece.