International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women observed

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Who: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Where: Across the World
What: Observed
When: 25 November 2015

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was observed across the world on 25 November 2015. The day is observed to raise awareness about violence against women and discuss solutions that would work for women community.

The observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women will be marked by organisation of an event calledOrange the world: End violence against women and girls across the world.

The event is being organized under the UN Secretary General’s Campaign called UNiTE to End Violence against Women.

As part of the event, 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence Campaign will be held from 25 November 2015 to 10 December 2015 (Human Rights Day).

The 16 Days of Activism Campaign will see coming together of governments, UN agencies, civil society organizations and individuals from all countries of the world to step up efforts to end violence against women and girls.

The Observance of This Day in India
The Day was observed in India by lighting the iconic India Gate in orange colour, as a part of global Orange the World event. The event was organised by UN Women Indian along with UNFPA India, UNDP and UN in India as part of the United Nations global campaign that is set to continue till 10 December, designated as the UNs Human Rights Day.

Beijing+20
The year 2015 also marks the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most progressive road map to gender equality. The Declaration was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in September 1995.

UN released The World’s Women 2015: Trends and Statistics report. Read More

The need for This International Day

• Violence against women is a human rights violation
• Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women
• Violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security
• Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential
• Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic

Background
The United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women through a resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999.

Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

On 20 December 1993 the General Assembly, by resolution 48/104, adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.