International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women


The UN designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to commemorate the Mirabal sisters, who were assassinated on the same day in 1960 for opposing the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic.

"Violence against women and girls is not inevitable", said Rebecca Tavares, Country Representative ad interim for the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

Legarda, meanwhile, explained that violence against women takes many different forms including the enslavement of women in conflict areas, killing of human rights activists, discrimination in the workplace, emotional abuse, sexual slavery and trafficking of women.

The Punjab Commission on the Status of Women will launch a 16-day activism campaign today to end violence against women and girls all over Punjab.

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

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We stand together in solidarity with the survivors of gender-based violence; we stand with the women, girls, and allies who have bravely spoken out against harassment, rape, and domestic violence. Union campaigns to ensure legal protection for women, to obtain legislation for paid leave for victims and to increase public awareness and ensure safe havens and treatment are underway in countries in every region. Our women also contribute actively to our economy.

According to data, 260 women were murdered by their male partners, husbands or family members a year ago across Turkey.

Julie Béchard, executive director of CPF, said a woman dies every six days in Canada at the hands of her partner or former partner.

Yet despite its pervasiveness, violence against women is not inevitable - and it is preventable. Frameworks that include a specific target for ending violence against women and girls, offer huge promise but must be adequately funded in order to bring real and significant changes in the lives of women and girls.

In the United States, more than one in four women in Washington DC reported experiencing sexual harassment on public transportation, 65 percent of women in the U.S. testified that they experienced harassment of some kind on the street, and 23 percent testified that they had experienced sexual harassment in the street.