International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. According to a 2013 WHO global study, 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence.

To raise awareness and bring about action the UN observes the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women on the 25th of November since 2000. Historically, the date is based on date of the 1960 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic.

The date provides individuals and groups a chance to draw attention and action to violence against women and girls around the world.
Various activities are arranged around the globe to draw attention to the need for continuing action to eliminate violence against women, projects to enable women and their children to escape violence and campaigns to educate people about the consequences of violence against women.

In 2013 the UN General Secretary, Ban Ki moon stated:
“I welcome the chorus of voices calling for an end to the violence that affects an estimated one in three women in her lifetime. I applaud leaders who are helping to enact and enforce laws and change mindsets. And I pay tribute to all those heroes around the world who help victims to heal and to become agents of change”.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s has brought about a campaign called ‘UNiTE to End Violence against Women’ which aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.
UNiTE brings together a host of UN agencies and offices to galvanize action across the UN system to prevent and punish violence against women.Through UNiTE, the UN is joining forces with individuals, civil society and governments to put an end to violence against women in all its forms.

Violence against women and girls is at pandemic proportions. Much awareness and action is needed to change this serious problem.