A great way to observe International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women this year is to visit the UN’s UNiTE website. Starting today, November 21, the website will be providing 16 days worth of actions you can take to help end violence against women. This is a global issue permeating every level of society.
This Friday, November 25, is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Formally declared by the UN General Assembly on December 17,1999, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is not a holiday, but a global observance. The day is observed on November 25, to mark the anniversary of the Maribal sisters’ death in the Dominican Republic. The Mirabal sisters fought against Dictator Rafael Trujillo’s rule, and were sentenced to death for their activism on November 25, 1960.
- Approximately 70% of women and girls will be abused in their lifetime.
- Domestic violence and rape are higher risks for 15 -44 year old women than traffic accidents or cancer.
- In South Africa a woman is killed by an intimate partner every 6 hours.
- In the United States, 1/3 of all female murders are committed by intimate partners. (For more facts and figures go here)
Violence against women can be a very personal issue, but we must also consider it as a huge global issue as well. Start doing research and start getting involved, because violence against women is too big of a problem to be solved by simply being sympathetic. Check out the UNiTE page for different ways to act. Another great way to act is to volunteer with FVPC. We start a volunteer training session in February and would love to have you join us.
Take some time to think today about violence against women. And I hope that thinking will convict you to act!