“Break the silence. When you are witness of violence against women or girls, do not sit calm. Take action!”
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Since this day in fact is marked the beginning of a global campaign “16 days of activism to end violence against women and girls”, which runs until December 10, or the Human Rights Day. The campaign aims to increase awareness and take concrete measures for the termination of violence against women and girls.
The United Nations declared November 25 the International Day against women violence, inspired by the brutal murder of Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic in 1960.
– Every third woman in the world is a victim of physical or sexual violence, often perpetrated by her intimate partner.
The campaign “paint the world orange”
involves various activities such as debates, symbolic gatherings, highlighting important monuments and buildings in orange light.
The orange color symbolizes bright and optimistic future in which there is no violence against members of the gentler sex.
The violence has long-term consequences of mental and physical health of women. In fact, women with violent partners often suffer from depression and problems with excessive alcohol consumption and often face unwanted pregnancies and abortions, and sexually transmitted infections including HIV.
On this day loudly claim that violence against women:
1. IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE!
2. IT IS NOT INEVITABLE!
3. IT CAN BE PREVENTED!