International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
In 1991, the United Nation’s General Assembly designated November 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. For more information on this day, click here.
Violence against women is an international epidemic. According to the United Nations, up to 70 percent of women will experience violence in their lifetimes. According to the World Bank, women ages 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than cancer, car accidents, war, and malaria.
The most common form of violence against women is physical, sexual, or emotional violence by an intimate partner. In the United States, more than 3 women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends every day.
Governments, international organizations and NGOs are invited to organize activities on November 25 to raise public awareness and support survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women also launches the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, which runs through 10 December, Human Rights Day.
Links to ideas on how to recognize International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
UNIFEM’s Say No to Violence: http://www.saynotoviolence.org/
Donate to Amy’s Courage Fund: http://nnedv.org/projects/amysfund.html
16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence: http://www.cwgl.rutgers.edu/16days/about.html
Unite to End Violence Against Women: http://www.un.org/en/women/endviolence/action.asp
Sign up to receive NNEDV’s Action Alerts: http://nnedv.org/getinvolved/actionalerts.html
Links to information on violence against women
NNEDV Recognizes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: http://nnedv.org/news/national/348-nnedv-recognized-international-effort-to-end-violence-against-women.html
Statement by Vice President Joe Biden: http://www.bit.ly/7UFuN1
Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, Permanent Representative to the United Nations: http://www.bit.ly/4tjMsE
NNEDV’s Fact Sheet on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: http://nnedv.org/downloads/Policy/DVSAFactSheet.pdf
Violence Against Women worldwide factsheet: http://www.unifem.org/campaigns/sayno/docs/SayNOunite_FactSheet_VAWworldwide.pdf
United Nation’s Secretary-General’s Campaign Unite to End Violence Against Women: http://www.un.org/en/women/endviolence/situation.shtml