International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
PMNCH members mark day
25 November 2011 - In 1999, the UN General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions. At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime - with the abuser usually someone known to her. Women's activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. The date commemorates the brutal assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, in 1960 on orders of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).
World Health Organization (WHO)
Up to 70% of women worldwide experience physical and/or sexual violence committed by a partner or spouse at some point in their lives. On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, WHO joins hundreds of other organizations in launching this year's 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. Between now and 10 December, Human Rights Day, WHO will highlight 16 key facts about intimate partner and sexual violence against women.
Human Rights Watch US Campaign: Take Action to Stop Violence
Every day, millions of women and girls across the world are beaten and abused. Many are harmed in their homes by members of their family or community. ... They are mothers, daughters, sisters, friends. They have only one thing in common: they are female, and they are abused because of it. The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) is a major step in the effort to end violence against women and girls across the globe. It directs the US government to create a comprehensive, five-year strategy to reduce violence in up to 20 diverse countries identified as having severe levels of violence against women. Ask your Senator and Representative to co-sponsor this bill today!
ICRW: Violence against Women is More Than a “Women’s Issue”
International Center for Research on Women’s Mary Ellsberg discusses how the anti-violence field as evolved and what it will take to eliminate violence against women globally. The international 16 Days effort takes place Nov. 25 through Dec. 10. Visit w each week throughout the campaign to read new blogs, commentaries and stories related to gender-based violence.