The UN observes International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. This observance raises awareness of the continuing toll of gender-based violence around the world. Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations. Globally, it is estimated that one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women also marks the start of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. Between 25 November and Human Rights Day, on 10 December, activists, advocates, policymakers and other supporters around the world call for immediate action to advance gender equality and end violence, abuse and exploitation.
“Ending violence against women should be a priority for every human being. This is not only a women’s issue; it affects all of us. As long as the dignity and well-being of half of humanity is at risk, peace, security and sustainable development will remain out of reach,” said UNFPA’s Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin in his statement commemorating the day.
UNFPA is one of the UN's lead agencies working to further gender equality and women’s empowerment, and to address the physical and emotional consequences of gender-based violence. UNFPA’s programmes offer psychosocial assistance, medical treatment and rape kits to survivors, and promotes the right of all women and girls to live free of violence and abuse.