International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
“let’s orange the world to end violence against women now.” Under this slogan, the United Nations celebrated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which falls on November 25, as part of virtual events during which the violence faced by girls and women is highlighted. In addition to the challenges related to the Corona pandemic and conflict situations.
The United Nations celebrated success stories and pioneering work in combating violence against women, which continued despite the impact of the Corona pandemic, in very complex humanitarian environments, most of which are witnessing wars and conflicts.
From this celebration, the United Nations aims to illustrate the idea that violence against women and girls can be combated despite all obstacles and to demonstrate the importance of investing in proven solutions.
Facts and figures about women’s exposure to violence
A report issued by the United Nations Women, based on data provided by 13 countries since the start of the Corona pandemic, showed that two out of three women reported that they or their acquaintances were exposed to some form of violence and that these women are more likely to face food insecurity.
The United Nations says that one in three women and girls are subjected to sexual or physical violence during their lives, most often by an intimate partner, and that the data emerging during the Coronavirus pandemic showed a marked increase in contacts with departments related to domestic violence in many countries.
Only 52 percent of married women can freely make their own decisions about contraceptive use and health care.
As for issues related to human trafficking, it appeared that 71 percent of the total victims are women and girls, and three out of four of them are subjected to sexual exploitation.
he 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
Under the hashtag “Unite to End Violence against Women”, both the UN Secretary-General and UN Women lead a campaign that begins on November 25 and ends on December 10 each year.
More than 3,700 international organizations participate in this campaign, which was launched by the first International Women’s Leadership Institute in 1991.
This campaign aims to combat and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world. It also calls for global action to raise awareness and provide an opportunity to discuss the challenges facing the campaign to develop appropriate solutions.
The campaign activities include holding an official event for the United Nations one day before the launch of the campaign on the UN Women website, as well as publishing a new report with updated data. Meanwhile, famous buildings and monuments are covered in orange to highlight the need for a future free of violence.
What are the forms of violence against women and why should it be eliminated?
Violence against women has many forms, it may be physical, psychological, or sexual which in turn takes multiple forms, such as intimate partner violence represented by beating, psychological abuse and murder, and sexual violence and harassment, including harassment in the streets and through social media, rape, sexual abuse of children, forced marriage.
Among the manifestations of violence against women is the marriage of minors, human trafficking, including slavery and sexual exploitation, and female genital mutilation.
Violence against women according to the United Nations General Assembly defined as any violent act motivated by gender intolerance that results in harm or suffering to women.
Violence against women is one of the most widespread and persistent human rights violations in our world today, most of these violations are still unknown due to impunity, silence, and fear of shame.
violence against women has negative consequences on their psychological and reproductive health, preventing them from achieving equality and peace.
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