International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. One in three women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence — mostly by an intimate partner.

  • Violence against women is a human rights violation
  • Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women 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

The United Nations general Assembly has designated 25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and has invited governments, international organisations and NGOs to organise on that day activities designated to raise public awareness on the problem (resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999).

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UN women Infographic: Violence against women