The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is observed on November 25th every year. It is a day to pay tributes to the Mirabal sisters. The Dominican Republic activists who were murdered at the order of Rafael Trujillo in 1960. The United Nations aims to raise awareness about gender-based violence against women.
This year campaign is a 16-day initiative starting on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women on November 25 and concluding on International Human Rights Day on December 10.
The 2022 theme of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is “UNITE! Activism to End Violence against Women and Girls”.
According to UN, 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime and most frequently by an intimate partner.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women- History:
The UN General Assembly in 1979, adopted the Convention of the Elimination of All Forums of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Yet violence against women and girls is a problem that can still be seen worldwide. To tackle this issue, the General Assembly issued resolution 48/104. To lay the foundation of a world free of gender-based violence.
Since 1981, November 25 has been commemorated as a day to raise voices against gender-based violence. This date honours the Mirabal sisters, three political activists from the Dominican Republic who were brutally murdered on the order of Former President Rafael Trujillo in 1960.
The General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women through resolution 48/104 on 20 December 1993.