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Thursday, 29 November 2018

Violence Against Women Worldwide!

Introduction: - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Historical Background
Women’s rights activists have observed 25 November as a day against gender-based violence since 1981. This day was selected to honour the Mirabel sisters, three political activists from the Dominican Republic who were brutally murdered in 1960 by order of the country’s ruler, Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).
On 20 December 1993, the general assembly adopted the declaration on the elimination of violence against women through resolution 48/104, paving the path towards eradicating violence against women and girls worldwide.
Then finally, on 7 February 2000, the resolution officially designating 25 November as the international day for the eliminating of violence against women and in doing so, by inviting government, international organizations as well as NGO’s to join together and organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the issue every year on the date.
The 2018 theme is Orange the World #HearMeToo and like previous editions, the date marks the launch of 16 days of activism that will conclude on 10 December 2018, International Human Rights Day.
Violence against Women
Violence happens in every single country and at every level of society. It happens at home, at school, on the streets, online and at workplaces. For so long, gender-based violence has been normalized and gone unpunished. Violence against women and girls impose immeasurable burdens and costs on individuals, families, communities and economies.
In the last years, women and men around the world have made strides to break the silence through movements such as #MeToo, #TimesUp, “Hollaback” and #TotalShutdown”.
Globally, violence against women and girls remains one of the leading human rights violations. It is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law. It is also in general practice and persisting inequalities between men and women.
1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by and intimate partners, only 52% of women marry of in union freely make their own decisions about sexual relations, contraceptive use and health care.
Almost 750 million women and girls alive today were married before 18th birthday; while 200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilations. 1 in 2 women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family in 2012; while only 1 out of 29 men were killed under similar circumstances. 70% of all human trafficking victims worldwide are women and girls, and 3 out 4 of 4 of these women and girls are sexually exploited.
Violence against women is as serious a cause of death and incapacity among women of reproductive age as cancer, and a greater cause of ill health than traffic accidents and malaria combined.
What is the motive of 2018 international day for the eliminating of violence against women?
The programme supports to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls across the world. As it is committed in the sustainable development goals to leave no one behind, it will be a great push towards progress and bringing governments, civil society organizations, the private sector and the media together. The elimination of violence against women and girls is a precondition for the protection and fulfilment of human rights, gender equality and economic growth.  It is imperative that every country will work together to ensure women and girls live a life free from discrimination and violence.