Honoring the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: Together We Stand

Violence Against Women

November 25th is designated as the United Nations (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The day is dedicated to increasing public awareness of gender-based violence and the terrible consequences it has on girls and women worldwide.

One of the most common and widespread human rights abuses around the globe continues to be violence against females of all ages. Approximately 1 in 3 girls and women have experienced physical or sexual forms of violence, or both, at some point in their lives. This atrocity has become worse in a variety of contexts, such as online and workplace, and has been made worse by disputes, climate change, and the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

So, let us all shatter the chains and commit to a violence-free future for women, standing in solidarity with Richie Bags.

History of This Day

On November 25, 1960, Rafael Trujillo, a dictator of the Dominican Republic, ordered the brutal assassination of three sisters: Patria Mercedes Mirabal, Antonia Maria Teresa Mirabal, and Maria Argentina Minerva Mirabal. The Mirabal sisters were victims of injustice for putting up a valiant fight to topple Trujillo’s regime. Since 1981, supporters of women’s rights have commemorated the anniversary of these three women’s deaths as a day against violence.

The United Nations General Assembly declared November 25th to be the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on December 17, 1999. Since then, it has expanded into a worldwide movement with numerous countries, organizations, and people joining forces to combat this kind of violence.

What is Violence Against Women?

Any sort of abuse, whether physical, physiological, or sexual, is considered violence against girls and women.

  • Abuse committed by an intimate partner, such as physical harm, marital rape, psychological harm, etc.
  • Human trafficking such as slavery or exploitation for sexual purposes.
  • Violence against young girls coerced into doing acts such as child marriage, genital mutilation, child sexual assault, etc.
  • Violence and sexual misconduct such as forced marriage, cyberstalking, harassment on the street, unwanted sex, etc.

Importance of November 25th

The objective behind commemorating the day is to prevent and eliminate violence against girls and women.

  • Increases Awareness

The purpose of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is to promote awareness and foster conversation about assault on women.

  • Motivates Action

November 25th presents an excellent opportunity for people and organizations to get together and combat this global issue to make the world a better place for all.

  • Supports Survivors

This is a crucial day to express sympathy and support for anyone who has been subjected to abuse, harassment, or violence against women. By increasing awareness and taking action, we can start creating a future in which every person, regardless of gender, is treated with dignity and respect.

How to Commemorate 25th November?

Here’s how you can celebrate International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women:

  • Plan a donation drive

Arranging a donation drive is an excellent way to demonstrate support for victims of gender-based violence. You may gather things like books, toiletries, clothing, and even cash donations.

  • Volunteer

Start looking for volunteer opportunities in your local area related to violence against women. You may help out at a shelter, teach self-defense classes, or even provide legal assistance.

  • Raise Awareness

Write an op-ed in a local newspaper alerting other people to the existence of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Furthermore, encourage your family and friends to join in the fight against gender-based violence.

Final Thoughts:

Together with Richie Bags, people from all walks of life can step up and support various preventative measures that aim to prevent gender-based violence before it starts. A more secure, more prosperous, and more equitable society is a worthy goal that may be attained with every effort made to stop violence against women and girls. It is imperative that funds be allocated towards the eradication of violence against women to achieve gender equality by 2030, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

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