Human Rights; International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

How many rapes before women learn their place? How many pogroms? How many wives are beaten in thirty-six seconds or in a ten-by twelve-foot room? These questions miss nearly every point that matters: these acts of violence are emblematic acts of terror; they are acts of hatred and hostility; they are murderous in intent; and what’s the name of the guy and his address? The rest is diversion, except for noting that women have the singular good luck to be raped by men who hate them and by men who love them, by men who know them and by men who do not, by husbands, lovers, friends, and invading armies—as well as by serial rapists, serial killers, and any woman-hater who has had a really bad day.― Andrea Dworkin

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.

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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:

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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.

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4 responses to “Human Rights; International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women”

  1. I believe. We need the family back. We must teach the children right. I taught my three girls and one boy. They can do anything. Women must be safe also. Don’t roam alone into dangerous places. Women, being safe worldwide. A goal that need to be worked on ASAP. The borders of the USA. Both dangerous for women. Two days ago. A 24 year old teacher was took and murdered on the Mexican border. In our world. Many places in our world are dangerous for women. Human rights. Rarely spoken by our leaders. Rich men with dirty money. They have forgot human kindness.

    1. Well said John, well said! Thank you for the beautiful comment!

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