Today, November 25, is the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women. In it's 16th year, the day hopes to open conversation about "one of the most tolerated violations of human rights," according to UN Women. Today is also the beginning of the #16Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, running until December 10, International Human Rights Day. This year's theme is Prevention with the goal of bringing global awareness and action to prevent and in turn end violence against women.
The United Nations defines violence against women as "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life."
Globally, 35 percent of women experience sexual or physical violence (World Health Organization)
4.5 million people are victims of forced sexual exploitation with 98% of them being women or girls (United Nations)
There are 40 MILLION commercial sex workers worldwide & 10 MILLION in India alone (United Nations)
I believe that if we all work together: governments, civil society organizations, the UN system, businesses, schools, and individuals mobilizing through new solidarity movements, we will eventually achieve a more equal world—a Planet 50-50—where women and girls can and will live free from violence. -UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
This year, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women invites you to “Orange the world: End violence against women and girls.” According to UN Women, "the color orange symbolizes a brighter future for all women and girls – one free of violence." How will you #orangetheworld to end violence against women?