International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

25 NOVEMBER 2013 | GLOBAL

Introduction

25 November is the International Day to End Violence against Women and marks the beginning of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. From 25 November to 10 December, people around the world will come together to raise public awareness of the problem and say no to violence against women and girls.

It is estimated that 1 in 3 women and girls experience violence in their lifetime. Violence against women takes many forms – physical, sexual, psychological and economic. It causes the abused women to suffer a range of health problems, it harms families and communities across generations and reinforces other violence prevalent in society. The Secretary General’s UNiTE Campaign joined by governments, international organizations and NGOs will organize activities and events around the world calling for this to end.

Some of the events happening to mark this day and kick-off 16 days of activism include:

  • Orange your world in 16 days :UNITE to End Violence Against Women has proclaimed the 25th of each month Orange Day. Among other actions, the Orange Day invites everyone to wear something orange to highlight its calls for the eradication of violence against women without reservation, equivocation or delay. The UNITE Campaign is extending Orange Day to 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, starting November 25 through December 10- Human Rights Day.
  • The United Nations is commemorating this day with a play, “Wounded to Death”, hosted by the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN and UNiTE to End Violence against Women. It is a theatrical piece by Italian playwright Serena Dandini featuring a series of powerful monologues by women victims of domestic violence, performed by renowned international personalities.
  • UN Women will be hosting a special Google+ Hangouts On Air (HOA) for the International Day to End Violence against Women. Participants include Kim Gandy, president and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Antonia Kirkland, Legal Advisor for Equality Now, Alex Arriaga, Futures Without Violence, Tiffany Henry, G+ Advocate, and Google+ users to discuss different forms of violence against women and girls, and what can be done to put an end to it.
  • Visit Facebook, upload your photo and say why are YOU wearing orange? http://ow.ly/qQhCI
  • Follow on Twitter: hashtags: #orangeurworld, #16days and #Iwearorangebecause

Follow on Twitter: hashtags: #orangeurworld, #16days and #Iwearorangebecause

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