16 days of action to end violence against women

16 days of action to end violence against women

16 days of action to end violence against women

This campaign is observed each year during the 16 days from November 25 to December 10, to acknowledge that girls and women are abused every day of the year. According to the United Nations, violence against women and girls across most countries include physical, sexual and psychological forms.

In Afghanistan, the top United Nations official in the country stressed that "life free from all forms of violence is the right of every Afghan woman and girl". "This, therefore, is to sound a warning to perpetrators out there that no one has the right to abuse another, no matter the situation so violence against women and girls has no justification", she added. Violence against women includes child marriage, domestic violence and sexual violence, rape as a weapon of war and human trafficking.

According to the UN's publication, violence against women is a widespread phenomenon that exists in every society and culture across the globe.

He also says gender-based violence disproportionately affects women of colour as well as women who identify as indigenous, trans or low-income.

With gender equality and violence against women now better integrated into the Sustainable Development Goals than in any prior development framework, we have an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen efforts to address and reduce gender-based violence. In 2012, nearly half of all women who were victims of intentional homicide worldwide were killed by an intimate partner or family member, compared to six percent of male victims.

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Calling such violence a human rights violation, he said men need to hold themselves and their peers accountable for behaviour that threatens women's respect, protection and freedom. Together we can ensure that women and girls everywhere can live free of violence.

Yet despite its pervasiveness, violence against women is not inevitable - and it is preventable.

Recent reports of violence against and sexual harassment of women in some countries have sparked a global outcry, including many reports and commentaries.

The video 'Leave No One Behind' was launched Friday in support of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women Nov. 25.

Trudeau's comments came in a statement made to acknowledge the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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