Elimination of Violence Against Women
INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
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The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
- The United Nation’s (UN) 20th International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is an occasion for governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to raise public awareness of violence against women.
- It has been observed on November 25 each year since 2000.
- Theme’ 2019: “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape”.
- On November 25, 1960, three sisters, Patria Mercedes Mirabal, María Argentina Minerva Mirabal and Antonia María Teresa Mirabal, were assassinated in the Dominican Republic on the orders of the Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo. The Mirabel sisters fought hard to end Trujillo’s dictatorship.
- Activists on women’s rights have observed a day against violence on the anniversary of the deaths of these three women since 1981.
- On December 17, 1999, November 25 was designated as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by the UN General Assembly. Each year observances around the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women concentrate on a particular theme, such as “Demanding Implementation, Challenging Obstacles” for the year 2008.
- This day is observed every year to raise awareness on the fact that women are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence around the world. The aim is to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls by raising the awareness of this issue, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Violence against women and girls is reportedly one of the most widespread human rights violations in our world today.
- So this day is designated to highlight the issue of violence against women and girls and to call for more action to combat it. Over time, the day has evolved into a global, widespread initiative that now incorporates 16 Days of Activism and the UNiTE campaigns.
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