International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women will mark the launch of the UNiTE campaign to end violence against women (November 25 - December 10) - a 16-day activism initiative that ends on the day commemorating International Human Rights Day. Human on December 10th.
To raise awareness, this year's theme is "The Orange of the World: End Violence Against Women Now!" Orange is the color to represent a brighter future without violence against women and girls.
Several public events are being coordinated and iconic buildings and monuments will be lit in orange to remind the need for a non-violent future.
This campaign, led by the UN Secretary-General and UN Women since 2008, aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls worldwide, calling for global action to raise awareness, promote advocacy and creating opportunities for discussion on challenges and solutions.
A new report by UN Women, based on data from 13 countries since the pandemic, shows that 2 in 3 women reported that they or a woman they know have experienced some form of violence and are more likely to face food insecurity. Only 1 in 10 women said victims would go to the police for help.
Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and destructive human rights violations in our world today, which remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame that surrounds it.
In general terms, it manifests itself in physical, sexual and psychological forms, including: intimate partner violence (beatings, psychological abuse, marital rape, femicide); violence and sexual harassment (rape, forced sexual acts, unwanted sexual advances, child sexual abuse, forced marriage, street harassment, harassment, cyberbullying); trafficking in human beings (slavery, sexual exploitation); female genital mutilation; and child marriage.
The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, issued by the UN General Assembly in 1993, defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or harm or psychological suffering against women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether in public or private life. "
While gender-based violence can happen to anyone, anywhere, some women and girls are particularly vulnerable - for example, young girls and older women, women identified as lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex, migrants and refugees , indigenous women and ethnic minorities, or women and girls living with HIV and disabilities, and those living through humanitarian crises.
Violence against women continues to be an obstacle to achieving equality, development, peace and the fulfillment of the human rights of women and girls. In general, the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - to leave no one behind - cannot be fulfilled without ending violence against women and girls.