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United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

United Nations Women: 16 Days of Activism
Against Gender-Based Violence

United Nations Women - statistics on preventable violence against women and girls

The United Nations' 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs through International Human Rights Day on 10 December. This year the UN marks the 16 Days under the theme “UNiTE! Activism to end violence against women and girls”, noting these statistics: 1 in 3: More than 1 in 3 women experience gender-based violence during their lifetime. 1 in 5: In 2021, nearly 1 in 5 women aged 20-24 were married before turning 18. 40%: Less than 40 per cent of women who experience violence seek help of any sort.

Violence against women and girls remains the most pervasive human rights violation around the world. A backlash against women’s rights is underway around the world. Anti-feminist movements are on the rise, attacks against women human rights defenders and activists are up, and the legal status of women’s rights is increasingly imperiled in many countries. Regressive new laws are exacerbating impunity for perpetrators of domestic violence, governments are using force against femicide and gender-based violence protestors, and women’s rights organizations are being increasingly marginalized.

Violence against women and girls is preventable. Evidence shows that the single most important driver of policy change is a strong and autonomous women’s movement—making feminist mobilization in the face of anti-rights backlash a literal matter of life and death.

This 16 Days, we’re encouraging everyone to get involved: from amplifying the voices of survivors and activists to supporting women’s organizations and strengthening feminist movements, we can all act to empower survivors, reduce and prevent violence against women and girls, and protect women’s rights.
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Watch the UN "Against the Pushback, We #PushForward | 16 Days 2022 (Push Forward: Act to End Violence Against Women and Girls)" video here:  YouTube.

Push forward: 10 ways to end violence against women:  10 ways.

Friday, December 16, 2022
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