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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: all you need to know

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The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is observed on November 25 every year to highlight the problem of violence against women. On this day, international organizations, governments and NGOs come together to carry out public awareness activities on this issue. Ahead of the day, Antonio Guterres, head of the United Nations (UN), called on governments to implement national action plans to contain violence against women. He said that every 11 minutes a woman or girl is killed by a family member or intimate partner. He added that women also face violence online, such as image abuse and sexual harassment.


The date of November 25 has been observed as a day against gender-based violence by women’s rights activists since 1981. This day was marked to honor the Mirabal sisters. They were three political activists from the Dominican Republic who were brutally murdered on the orders of the country’s leader, Rafael Trujillo, in 1960.

On February 7, 2000, the United Nations General Assembly officially proclaimed November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.


This year, the theme is “All UNiS! Activism to end violence against women and girls!


Here are some of the crucial facts, according to the UN, that make us better understand the significance of this day:

  • Since the start of the pandemic, 58% of women have reported having experienced, or a woman they know, some form of violence.
  • Seven in 10 women believe that physical or verbal abuse has become more common since the start of the pandemic.
  • Three out of five women think that sexual harassment in public places has gotten worse.

all you need to know

Violence against women remains an obstacle to achieving development, equality, peace and the realization of the human rights of women and girls. The United Nations General Assembly’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) strive to leave no one behind and, according to the global body, the SDGs cannot be achieved without ending violence against women. women and girls.

The negative consequences of violence against women and girls (VAWG), whether psychological or related to sexual and reproductive health, affect women at all stages of their lives.

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