Today Is International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women

Source: un.org

Source: un.org

In case you thought November 25 was just like any other day, you thought wrong. The United Nations has designated this day as International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women. The day comes as part of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign and is intended to highlight and recognize the plight of women across the globe who are subject to violence of any kind.

The event comes at a pretty pertinent time. There has never been a time when violence against women hasn’t been a problem, but when you consider how far we’ve come in other parts of modern society, the fact that violence against women is still an issue worldwide is something that needs to be addressed. When one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of their partner, it’s clear that something needs to be done about the problem of gender inequality across the globe.

Today also kicks off the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Amnesty International Campaign, which sees the organization “celebrating women’s rights heroes everywhere who are bravely challenging or overcoming these attitudes and behaviours, despite considerable risk to themselves. Some are paying with their freedom.”

Last night saw Secretary General Ban Ki-moon kick off the Orange YOUR Neighbourhood campaign, which is encourages people around the world to wear and display orange where possible in order

to symbolize their commitment to the cause of highlighting and ending violence against women across the globe. The United Nations headquarters and The Empire State Building in New York were bathed in orange light. The hashtags #Orangeurhood and #16days are also being used to raise awareness across social media sites and are trending on Twitter currently.

“It is up to everyone to play their part; women’s rights are not only women’s business. Men and boys are finally taking their place as partners in this battle,” Ban Ki-moon Ban said at the pre-lighting ceremony which took place at the Empire State Building.

Find out what you can do to raise awareness about gender inequality and gendered violence this International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women at www.unwomen.orgendviolence.un.org and livewire.amnesty.org.