November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Today, many women around the world are still subject to abuse and sexual assault.
Law enforcement officials, international leaders, and governments have been trying to crack down on violence against women for years but unfortunately, it’s still more common than many people are aware. Violence against women continues to be a widespread, persistent human rights violation that’s very difficult to eradicate.
Around the world, one-third of all women experience some form of physical or sexual violence. Most often, this violence is inflicted by an intimate partner.
It’s estimated that nearly 70% of women in some countries will experience some form of violence. In total, over 35% of women and girls worldwide will undergo physical or sexual violence during their lives.
Approximately 46% of trafficking victims around the world are women.
Women and girls as young as 18 are being forced to marry against their will all over the world.
200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation.
Nearly 16 million girls between the ages of 15 and 19 experience rape or sexual violence in their lifetimes.
Violence against women shouldn’t be seen as a “woman’s issue,” but a human rights issue that should be eradicated. On this day, many people come together to do just that. Domestic violence laws are in 144 countries all over the World, but they aren’t always enforced. In order to coincide with the focus on ending the silence, stigmatizing language and rape culture, this day serves as a reminder that someone is there for you.
Simple Ways You Can Help:
- Donate to a charity supporting sexual assault survivors
- Take a firm stand against rape culture
- Wear orange in this UNiTE campaign to end violence against women. The color symbolizes a brighter future for all women.
Women’s rights activists have been observing a day against gender-based violence since 1981. They chose November 25th, in honor of three Mirabal sisters. The sisters were political activists in the Dominican Republic who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo and they participated in a failed coup d’état before they were brutally murdered on November 25th, 1960. On December 20, 1993, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women. Their goal was to eradicate violence against women and girls on a global scale. For this reason, November 25th was designated as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by February 2000. The 16 days take place from November 25th up to December 10th Human Rights Day, and is an important moment to reflect on past actions that can teach us something about how to better live in a world free from violence.