November 25th has been designated as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by the United Nations General Assembly. One in three women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence — mostly by an intimate partner. Globally, 35% of women and girls will experience some form of physical and/or sexual violence. This percentage is even higher in some countries.
November 25th kicks off 16 days of activism, raising awareness and encouraging education, intervention and prevention ending on December 10th, Human Rights Day.
OBSERVE: Organize or attend an event. Wear orange. The UNiTE campaign encourages us to “Orange the World” to symbolize a brighter future without violence and to raise awareness. Use the campaign #orangetheworld to post on social media.
HISTORY: International Day for the elimination of Violence Against Women was first marked as a day to combat violence and raise awareness in 1981 by activists. The United Nations General Assembly gave the day its official designation in 1999. The date is based on the 1960 assassination of three Mirabal sisters who were political activists in the Dominican Republic who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo.