06 December 2016
Violence against women is a serious issue in societies the world over. As UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon says, “Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. It imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies. The world cannot afford to pay this price”.
In an effort to put a stop to violence against women, and to raise awareness about the issue, the UN, and governments around the world, have created the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Events are taking place around the world to promote and recognise the day, with millions of people involved in social media campaigns, sponsored events and activism.
Violence against women and girls
According to the UN, one in three women will experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetime. However in some countries, the figure is as high as 70%. This is despite the UN pledging to eliminate violence against women and girls more than 20 years ago, in 1993.
The UN research shows that women who experience violence are almost twice as likely to suffer from depression and, in some regions, around 1.5 times more likely to contract HIV. On a national level, violence against women has an impact on the economy, with expenditure and lost earnings resulting from domestic violence estimated at 1.4% of GDP in 2010.
What’s happening on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women?
This year the UN is organising 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. This will run from 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to 10th December, Human Rights Day. The theme of the campaign is ‘orange the world’, an invitation to wear orange to raise awareness of the issue. The hashtag #OrangeTheWorld is being used across social media, helping campaigners everywhere to get their message across.
Groups and individuals around the world will be raising funds to help fight violence against women. The money collected will go towards eliminating gender-based violence and supporting women around the world.
How to get involved
There are lots of ways to get involved in the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. If you want to fundraise, you can download the toolkit from the UN website. You can also raise awareness of the issue by sharing the hashtag #OrangeTheWorld and by promoting relevant content on social media.
If you’d like to find out more about the help and support that’s available to women in Norfolk, give us a call on 0808 800 1030.