Why This International Day?
- Violence against women is a human rights violation.
- Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women.
- Violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security.
- Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential.
- Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic.
One of the major challenges to efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls worldwide is the substantial funding shortfall. As a result, resources for initiatives to prevent and end violence against women and girls are severely lacking. Frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals, which includes a specific target on ending violence against women and girls, offer huge promise, but must be adequately funded in order to bring real and significant changes in the lives of women and girls.
From 25 November through 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence aim to raise public awareness and mobilizing people everywhere to bring about change. This year, the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites you to “Orange the world,” using the colour designated by the UNiTE campaign to symbolize a brighter future without violence. Organize events to orange streets, schools and landmarks!
By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day.
Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).
On 20 December 1993 the General Assembly, by resolution 48/104, adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.
- 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign
- Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women
- Global Issues – Women
- The World’s Women 2015: Trends and Statistics
- The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics
- Prevent violence against women
- Progress of the World’s Women
- Ending Violence Against Women
- Violence against Women
- 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
- Stop Violence Against Women!
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
- Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November 2012)
- Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences
- Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
- The OHCHR Women’s Rights and Gender Section
- Message from Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2012
World Health Organization
- WHO Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women
- Violence against women by intimate partners
UN High Commissioner for Refugees
UN Food and Agriculture Organization
- 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December)
- 16 days of activism against gender violence – 2011 Theme announcement
- Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
- Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (A/RES/48/104)
- International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (A/RES/54/134)
- Violence against women migrant workers (A/C.3/66/L.18)
- Strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice responses to violence against women
- Trafficking in women and girls (A/RES/65/190)
- The girl child (A/RES/64/145)
- Women in development (A/RES/64/217)
- Eliminating rape and other forms of sexual violence in all their manifestations, including in conflict and related situations (A/RES/62/134)
- Intensification of efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women(A/RES/62/133)
- Intensification of efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women (A/RES/61/143)
- Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences (A/66/215)