Why this International Day?
Violence against women is a violation of human rights
Violence against women is a consequence of the discrimination they suffer, both in law and in practice, and the persistence of gender inequalities
Violence against women affects and impedes progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security
Violence against women and girls is preventable. Prevention is possible and essential
Violence against women remains a global pandemic. Up to 70% of women experience violence in their lifetime.
One of the main difficulties in preventing and ending violence against women and girls around the world is the stark underfunding, which means that resources for these initiatives are extremely scarce. There are very promising frameworks, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, which include the specific goal of ending violence against women and girls; however, they require sufficient funding to bring about concrete and significant changes in the lives of women and girls.
From November 25 to December 10, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign aims to raise awareness and mobilize the public around the world to bring about change. This year, the Secretary-General's UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign calls for "painting the world orange", using the color chosen by this campaign as a symbol of a brighter future without violence. Organize events to color streets, schools and monuments!