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Recognizing International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 25, 2014

Today, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) joins millions of individuals and organizations marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

In December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25th as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and invited governments, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations to organize activities designed to raise public awareness about violence against women on that day.


“Individuals who are abused and violated can feel incredibly alone, isolated, and without hope,” said Kim Gandy, NNEDV President and CEO. “Today, we stand in solidarity with survivors, advocates, and activists across the globe in shining a light on this hidden violence and giving voice to the silenced.”

Today also marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. Ending on December 10th, International Human Rights Day, this campaign strategically calls audiences to remember that violence against women is a violation of human rights.

This year, you are invited to #OrangeUrHood through the 16 Days campaign and raise awareness and trigger action to end violence against women and girls. Every day through December 10th, we will be sharing on social media actions that you can take to help end domestic violence in your community. Follow #OrangeUrHood and #16Days to participate and learn more.

“When women are subjected to domestic violence, sexual assault, or sexual harassment, it is much hard for them to fully participate in their communities, their economies, or their societies,” said Gandy. “Eradicating violence against women is a central step in securing women’s economic, political, and social equality.”