International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Join! Activism to end violence against women and girls!

Five years ago, the #MeToo movement, founded by activist Tarana Burke in 2006, erupted, sparking a global mobilization that created a moment of urgency to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls.

Since then, unprecedented momentum and awareness has been built through the tireless work of grassroots activists, women’s human rights advocates and survivor advocates around the world to prevent and end violence against women and girls. .

At the same time, there has been a rise in anti-rights movements, including anti-feminist groups, leading to a shrinking space for civil society, a backlash against women’s rights organizations, and an increase in attacks. against human rights defenders and activists.

Supporting and investing in strong and autonomous women’s rights organizations and feminist movements is key to ending violence against women and girls.

That’s why this 2022 theme is JOIN! Activism to end violence against women and girls.

Join our 16 days of activism

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women will mark the launch of the UNITE campaign (November 25-December 10) — a 16-day initiative of activism that concludes on the day that commemorates the International Human Rights Day (December 10).

This campaign, led by the UN Secretary General and UN Women since 2008, aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world, and calls for global action to raise awareness, promote advocacy and create opportunities for discussion about challenges and solutions.

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this year’s campaign JOIN! Activism to end violence against women and girls will aim to mobilize the whole of society to become activists for the prevention of violence against women, to stand in solidarity with women’s rights activists and to support feminist movements around the world to resist the rollback of the women’s rights and call for a VAWG free world.

Among its activities, there is an official UN event that will take place on Wednesday, November 23 (10:00-11:30 am ET). You can follow the event online through the UN Women Youtube Channel either a web tv.

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Join the campaign!

These 16 Days, participate! From amplifying the voices of survivors and activists to supporting women’s organizations, we can all take action to empower survivors and reduce and prevent violence against women and girls. share our materials through your social media accounts and become an activist!

Why we must end violence against women

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating. human rights Rape in our world today goes largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame that surround it.

In general terms, it manifests itself in physical, sexual and psychological forms, encompassing:

  • intimate partner violence (beating, psychological abuse, marital rape, feminicide);
  • sexual violence and harassment (rape, forced sexual acts, unwanted sexual advances, child sexual abuse, forced marriage, street harassment, stalking, cyberbullying);
  • human trafficking (slavery, sexual exploitation);
  • female genital mutilation; Y
  • child marriage.

To clarify further, the Declaration on the elimination of violence against women Issued by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993, it defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results, or may result in, physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, both in public and private life”.

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The negative psychological, sexual and reproductive health consequences of VAWG affect women at all stages of their lives. For example, early educational disadvantages not only represent the main obstacle to universal schooling and the right to education for girls; in the future they are also to blame for restricting access to higher education and even resulting in limited opportunities for women in the labor market.

While gender-based violence can happen to anyone, anywhere, some women and girls are particularly vulnerable, for example, girls and older women, women who identify 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 experiencing 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. Ultimately, the promise of Sustainable development goals (SDGs) – to leave no one behind – cannot be met without ending violence against women and girls.

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