International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Every year on November 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is celebrated around the world.

On December 17, 1999, the UN General Assembly declared November 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Violence against women continues to be a lasting obstacle to human and economic development, women’s access to the labor market and the reduction of inequality between men and women in general. The UN has invited governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to hold events on this day aimed at drawing public attention to this problem. The message of the UN Secretary-General states: “Violence against women causes unspeakable suffering, woe to families, from which both old and young suffer, and bring communities to impoverishment. It does not allow women to use all their potential, restricts economic growth and undermines development. ” Today, violence against women in the world continues to be a global pandemic. Up to 70% of women suffer from violence at the household level. According to the UN, 35% of women and girls in the world are exposed to some form of physical and / or sexual violence during their lifetime. And yet in some countries, the effects of violence against women persist for generations. But violence against women is a violation of human rights. And this phenomenon should be opposed to a complete public aversion and the corresponding legislative framework. Therefore, every year from November 25 to December 10, when Human Rights Day is celebrated, “16 days of struggle against violence against women. “This is an international campaign to combat gender-based violence, with events focusing on a specific topic each year. Also, as part of the “Say No to Violence” campaign, implemented by UN-Women, the 25th of each month was proclaimed “Orange Day”. Launched in 2009, the campaign aims to reinvigorate the efforts of civil society, governments and UN agencies in the framework of the progress made by the UNITA campaign of the Secretary-General to combat violence against women.

Campaigners can wear orange clothes or accessories to express their solidarity with the movement for a future free from violence against women and girls. In order to enhance international dynamics in eliminating such violence, the Commission for Workers Women’s Affairs endorses the UNFCCC “Make the world orange:“ Hear Me Too ”, aimed at raising awareness on this topic.