Today is International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women:Orange The World
NewYork,Nov25:Why This International Day?Say no to violence against women
- 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!
Joints statement of the European Commission
Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and Julian King, Commissioner for Security Union, made the following statement:
Today, on the International day for the Elimination of Violence against women, we say: enough is enough.
Women and girls inside and outside the EU continue to experience widespread violence. Throughout the world, women and girls are still being beaten at home, sexually and economically exploited, assaulted on our streets or at work, harassed online or while playing sports, raped, mutilated, or forced to marry. One in three women in the EU today has experienced some form of gender-based violence. We cannot ignore the enormous consequences this has on families, communities, societies and the economy.
More needs to be done in the EU to ensure that any sort of violence against women is eliminated. Almost 25% of women in the EU have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a partner since the age of 15. More than one in four Europeans think sexual intercourse without consent can be justifiable. More than one in five Europeans think women often make up or exaggerate claims of abuse or rape. Victims of violence often do not report the crime. Bystanders are sometimes reluctant to act. Together we must challenge this and the stereotypes that undermine women’s voices and show that violence against women is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by anyone.
Women and girls are particularly vulnerable in situations of conflict and emergency, when violence, extortion, trafficking, exploitation and many forms of gender-based violence escalate. As a consequence, millions of women and girls are forced to leave their homes. Yet, while they are on the move or seek shelter in refugee camps these women and girls face additional risks of violence from fellow migrants, smugglers and even the authorities in some third countries. Almost all victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation in the EU are women and girls coming from third countries after hazardous journeys.
We work relentlessly to change this. Our humanitarian projects related to gender-based violence will reach almost 3.4 million women, girls, boys and men around the world. As part of the 2016-2020 EU Gender Action Plan in external relations, we continue investing in women and girls whose rights are violated across the world as they are excluded from education, from the labour market, and from political life while facing unequal rules and laws on inheritance, citizenship or land-ownership. In 2017, we will provide specific support to victims of violence in the most remote and fragile areas.
The EU is also strengthening its efforts to ensure that women and girls arriving in the EU fleeing conflict, persecution, instability or poverty have access to medical care, legal support, appropriate trauma counseling and psycho-social care if they have been victims of discrimination and violence.
Today, the European Commission is launching a series of actions for 2017 to combat violence against women and girls in all its forms. We have allocated €10 million to support grassroot efforts to prevent gender-based violence and support its victims in the European Union. Our aim is to raise awareness, provide information and raise awareness about violence against women, targeting the general public as well as professionals who can help change this situation: police officers, teachers, doctors, judges amongst others.
We must, once and for all, say no to this clear violation of our fundamental rights. This is why we are taking action today. We are joining forces together with Member States to put an end to violence against women. All women and girls should be able to lead a life free from fear and violence, in the European Union or anywhere in the world.
Some of the tweets on this day
1 in 5 women in the US are sexually assaulted during their university studies #InternationalDayForTheEliminationOfViolenceAgainstWomen pic.twitter.com/YQrTdf2Ymf
— strh (@stereothypes) November 25, 2016
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— prajak kong (@bkksnow) November 25, 2016
Acid throwing,sexual,domestic violence,harassment r at peak in Pak.#InternationalDayForTheEliminationOfViolenceAgainstWomen
— shawana shah (@shawanashah3) November 25, 2016
#InternationalDayForTheEliminationOfViolenceAgainstWomen How #NativeAmerican Women Inspired The Feminist Movement https://t.co/j9jHwjxf35
— Maria Scrofani (@MariaScrofani) November 25, 2016
Today is the #InternationalDayForTheEliminationOfViolenceAgainstWomen Find out how you can help: https://t.co/JGYgjhDaJa https://t.co/Fk7tdwW3Ix
— ANZSOG (@ANZSOG) November 24, 2016
We stand for the protection of women & girls https://t.co/TUs1ArOubK #InternationalDayfortheEliminationofViolenceAgainstWomen pic.twitter.com/WPUYP9UtX1
— Australia for UNHCR (@UNrefugees) November 24, 2016
The disturbing prevalence of violence against womenhttps://t.co/J52v5vsBOw #internationaldayfortheeliminationofviolenceagainstwomen
— lru217 (@lru217) November 27, 2015
— Malik Salman Khan (@Salman_213141) November 25, 2016