November 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This date was chosen by the United Nations General Assembly in recognition of the brutal assassination of three Mirabal sisters in the Dominican Republic on November 25, 1960. The sisters were political activists who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. Their story is a reminder that violence against women is not only a tragic individual event, but also a political and social issue. This day is an opportunity for us to reflect on the progress made to end violence against women and girls, and also to recommit ourselves to working towards a future where all women can live free from fear and violence.
What is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women?
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is a UN-sponsored annual event held on November 25th. The day was established in 1999 by the UN General Assembly to raise awareness about the prevalence of violence against women and girls around the world, and to call for its elimination.
Violence against women and girls is a global epidemic. According to the World Health Organization, one in three women worldwide will experience physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives. This violence often goes unreported and unpunished, leaving women and girls feeling isolated, powerless, and alone.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is an opportunity for everyone – men and women, boys and girls – to come together and take a stand against this unacceptable violence. It is a chance to educate ourselves and others about the issue, and to pledge to do what we can to end this pandemic once and for all.
INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN DATES
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is observed on November 25.
The History of the Day
On November 25, 1961, three sisters from Cuba were brutally murdered for daring to oppose the government. The day has since been commemorated as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Since then, the international community has made great strides in combatting violence against women. In 1999, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women. And in 2006, they established a UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women to support innovative programmes and projects aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls.
Despite these efforts, violence against women remains a global pandemic. One in three women will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. This is an unacceptable statistic.
We must continue to work together to end this epidemic of violence once and for all. We must stand up and speak out against all forms of violence against women and girls, whether it is physical, sexual, emotional or mental. We must work to create a world where every woman and girl can live free from fear and violence.
What Can Be Done to Prevent Violence Against Women?
There are many things that can be done to prevent violence against women. Below are some examples:
1. Teach children and young people about gender equality and respect for others.
2. Challenge sexist and misogynistic attitudes and behavior when you see it.
3. Support organizations and initiatives that work to end violence against women.
4. Speak out against violence and other forms of discrimination against women.
5. Stand up for the rights of women and girls in your community or workplace.
6. Help create safe environments for women and girls, free from fear of violence or harassment.
Resources for Victims of Violence Against Women
There are many resources available for victims of violence against women. Below are some international organizations that can provide help and support:
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. UN Women has a wide range of programs and initiatives to end violence against women, including the HeForShe campaign, which engages men and boys as allies in the fight against gender-based violence.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) provides humanitarian aid and assistance to refugees and victims of conflict around the world. The IRC has a program dedicated to supporting women who have survived violence, which includes providing access to counseling, legal assistance, and economic empowerment programs.
Amnesty International is a global human rights organization that works to protect people from human rights abuses. Amnesty International has an extensive program to end violence against women, which includes campaigning for stronger laws and policies to protect women, providing support and services to survivors of violence, and conducting research on the issue.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is an important day to reflect on the progress we have made in tackling this global issue, as well as the work that still needs to be done. One in three women around the world will experience physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives, and this is simply unacceptable. We must all do our part to end violence against women once and for all, and this day is a reminder of that. On November 25th let’s stand together to say no to violence against women, in all its forms.