25 November: International Day to End Violence against Women
"Break the silence. When you witness violence against women and girls, do not sit back. Act. Advocate. Unite to change the practices and attitudes that incite, perpetrate and condone this violence."
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
On November 25th, the UN observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women. The date of 25 November was chosen to commemorate the Mirabal sisters, three political activists from the Dominican Republic, who were brutally assassinated in 1960 during the Rafael Trujillo dictatorship (1930-1961).
This year, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women occurs at a critical moment, as the world gears up to mark the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, the Millennium Development Goals reach their deadline, and a new global development agenda takes shape. This moment therefore provides an important opportunity to draw additional attention towards the issue of violence against women and girls.
From today, the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites you to “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood”. The campaign kicks off the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence which follow (ending on 10 December, Human Rights Day).
More information on the campaign, and how you can contribute by organizing local events, can be found be clicking here
The Message of the Executive Director on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November, can be read here
The International Training Centre of the ILO adheres to the UNiTE campaign by promoting its own internal "Say No to Sexual Harassment" awareness-raising initiative. Click on the picture to learn more about this initiative: