International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

  • 1 in 2 women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family in 2017; while only 1 out of 20 men were killed under similar circumstances*
  • 71% of all human trafficking victims worldwide are women and girls, and 3 out of 4 of these women and girls are sexually exploited*

The recent UN Women report reveals that the pandemic has had major impacts. Data from 13 countries show that two out of three women, either themselves or a woman they know, have experienced some form of violence and are more likely to be food insecure. Sexual harassment in public spaces has worsened, according to six out of ten women. In the same study, data indicate that only one in ten women would seek help from the police.

Violence against women is one of the most widespread and under-reported scourges in the world. The consequences are multiple, devastating and persistent. They affect all dimensions of the person.

Around the world, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women kicks off 16 days of activism leading up to International Human Rights Day on December 10. See the concept note for the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign. In addition to the activities, everyone is encouraged to give credence to the stories of survivors, to adopt more inclusive approaches and to empower women and girls.

*Source: United Nations

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