International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women

The UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is celebrated every year on 25 November. The objective of observing the day is to create awareness about sufferings women around the world are subjected to e.g. domestic violence, rape and other forms of violence. In this article you will read in detail about the day and its significance.

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Read the below-mentioned facts about International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women; and aid your IAS Exam preparation along with other competitive exams’ preparation.

Observed On

25 November

Theme of 2021

Orange the World: End Violence Against Women Now!

Statistical Facts

According to a report of UN

  • Only 52% of the married or women in a union, in the whole world can make their own decisions about having sexual relations, use of contraceptives annd for health care.
  • 1 in every 3 woman experiences physical or sexual abuse at least once in their lifetime and mostly by a known friend or a relative.
  • Less than 40% of the women who experience violence seek the help of any sort.
  • 71% of all human trafficking victims worldwide are women and girls in which 3 out 4 women are sexually exploited.

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About International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

  • The main purpose of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is to prevent and respond to violence against women and to apprise people about the basic human rights of women and gender equality.
  • The day marked the launch of the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign. It is an initiative of 16 days of activism and concluded on the International Human Rights Day (10 December).
  • The day is observed on a different theme every year. The theme of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2021 year was “Orange the World: End Violence Against Women Now!”. The colour orange symbolises a more hopeful future for a free of violence society for women and girls.
  • Theme for 2020 was “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”

Read about Violence Against Women: RSTV – Big Picture in the linked article.

History of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

  • Women Rights Activists have been observing 25 November as a day against gender based violence since 1981.
  • The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was established by The United Nations General Assembly in 1979.
  • “Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women” was adopyed by passing thn Resolution 48/104 on 20th December 1993.

Read about Tackling Crime Against Women: RSTV in detail in the linked article.

Significance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

  • The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is observed to honour the Mirabal sisters, three political activists from the Dominican Republic who were brutally murdered in 1960 by order of the country’s ruler, Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).
  • One of the aims of the day is to highlight that the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden. So the day is used to spread awareness and encourage women to voice their concerns.

Read about International Women’s Day in the linked article.

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