International day for the elimination of Violence Against Women

Violence against Women and girls is one of the most wide spread persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today This remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.

The International Day for the Elimination of violence against women is celebrated on 25th of November. It displays itself in physical, sexual and psychological forms, including, intimate partner violence, such as battering, psychological abuse, maritial rape and also femicide, sexual violence and harassment such as rape;  forced sexual, unwanted sexual advances, child sexual abuse, forced marriage, street harassment, stalking and cyber- harassment, human trafficking such as slavery and sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation and child marriage.

To further clarify the declaration on the elimination of the violence against women issued by the UN General Assembly in 1993, defines violence against women as ‘’ any act of gender based violence that results in or is likely to results in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women. Including threats of such acts, arbitrary deprivation of liberty, wheather occurring in public or in private life. The consequences of violence can affect women at all stages of their life. Accordingly, to recent reports, nearly in 3 women have been abused in their lifetime. The Permise of the day is to raise awareness about these violence against women. While pervasive gender based is not inevitable. It can be and must be prevented stopping this violence starts with believing survivals, adopting comprehensive and inclusive approaches that tackle the root causes, transform harmful social norms and empower women and girls with survivor – centered essentials services across policing, justice, health and social sectors and  sufficient financing for the women’s rights agenda, we can end gender based violence.

Written by : Rtr. Preneetha Thayaparan

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