International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 2016

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Violence Against Women is Still a Major Issue Throughout the World


Tomorrow is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The United Nations General Assembly created this day in order to raise awareness that women around the world are still subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence.

On November 25, 1960 the world saw the three Mirabal sisters murdered in the Dominican Republic. They had been political activists and their killings were ordered by Rafael Trujillo, the Dominican dictator.

This years theme is Using Legislation to End Violence Against Women and Girls. The theme will be celebrated in many countries throughout the world. Each country will offer events such as parades, festivals, and arts while other countries will concentrate on conferences, speakers, and ‘hands-on’ activities. People everywhere are being asked to wear the color orange. This is the symbol of solidarity in the fight against gender-based violence (GBV).

The UN Secretary General’s campaign is to educate and make major changes. The main idea is that violence against women is a human rights violation. Another key point is that violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women. The organization also supports the idea that violence against women impacts on and impedes progress in many areas such as poverty eradication, peace and security. They hold the strong belief that violence against women and girls is not inevitable and that prevention is possible and essential. Finally, they stress that violence against women continues to be a global problem.

How many more women and girls will be beaten, tortured, and murdered before the world wakes up?

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