STOP billions of attacks on Women: Campaign against Gender Violence

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
25 November

“Millions of women and girls around the world are assaulted, beaten, raped, mutilated or even murdered in what constitutes appalling violations of their human rights. […] We must fundamentally challenge the culture of discrimination that allows violence to continue. On this International Day, I call on all governments to make good on their pledges to end all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world, and I urge all people to support this important goal.” Ban Ki-moon.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. In some countries, up to 7 in 10 women will be beaten, raped, abused or mutilated in their lifetimes. To raise awareness and trigger action to end this global phenomenon, International


Join the One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women
Eve Ensler is urging us all to take part in a global day of action next Vlentine’s Day. People from 161 countries already have. Let’s join them
It is perhaps no surprise that it took an American and an unusually global one at that, to come up with this scheme. Eve Ensler, a writer and activist who founded a movement with a play about the vagina and launched V-Day, an international day of action to end violence against women, is aiming big. She wants to mark the day’s 15th anniversary in 2013 with a far larger project to get a billion of us to leave our homes, our workplaces, whatever we are doing, and dance. Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria.

Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), and the ensuing 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence are commemorated every year around the world.

Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

Take action:

Engage through social media

  • Join the conversation on Twitter [@SayNO_UNiTE and @UN_Women] and Facebook [Say NO – UNiTE and UN Women], and share your thoughts about ending violence against women using the hashtags #SayUcommit and #16Days.
  • On 5 December at 9 a.m. (EST), participate in a live #AskUNWomen Twitter chat with UN Women Deputy Executive Director John Hendra on ending gender-based violence.

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