International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women

Because of the impunity, silence, stigma, and shame that surround it, violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most common, persistent, and destructive human rights violations in our world today. All sorts of violence against women and girls (VAWG), notably domestic abuse, has increased since the emergence of COVID-19, and that the world was unprepared to respond to its quick escalation. COVID-19 has degraded women’s feelings of safety, both at home and in public spaces, according to a new UN Women research based on survey data from 13 countries. Today for the International Day for Elimination of Violence against women, I would like to inform you about this issue and propose some possible solutions

The day’s concept is to raise awareness of the reality that women all over the world are victims of rape, domestic abuse, and other types of violence; also, one of the day’s goals is to emphasize how the scale and true severity of the problem are frequently suppressed. According to a recent UN Women research based on data from 13 countries since the pandemic, two out of every three women have faced violence, and they are more likely to confront food insecurity. Only one out of every ten women responded that if they were victims, they would seek help from the police. Every year UN Women decide a theme and encourage the world to join 16 days of activism. This year’s theme is “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!” You can join the event from this link: https://unwomen.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ni8ZRGkHTR2x26rrHQsq9A

Facts and Statistics:

  • At least once in their lives, an estimated 736 million women—nearly one in every three—have been victims of intimate relationship abuse, non-partner sexual assault, or both (30 per cent of women aged 15 and older).
  • Current or previous husbands or intimate partners are the most common perpetrators of violence against women.
  • Almost one in every four adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 (24%) who have been in a relationship had experienced physical and/or sexual assault from an intimate partner or husband.
  • In 2018, one in every seven women reported having been physically or sexually assaulted by an intimate partner or husband in the previous 12 months (13 percent of women aged 15 to 49).
  • By September 2020, 52 countries had integrated prevention and response to violence against women and girls into COVID-19 response plans.
  • Eighty-two percent of female lawmakers in five regions said they had been subjected to some sort of psychological assault while serving their terms.
  • One in 10 women in the European Union report having experienced cyber-harassment since the age of 15. 
  • In the 31 countries where the practice is prevalent, at least 200 million women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 have undergone female genital mutilation.
  • 52 nations had included violence against women and girls prevention and response into COVID-19 response plans by September 2020, and 121 countries had enacted measures to boost services for women survivors of violence during the global crisis, but further efforts are urgently needed.

As you can see, women are being violated, raped, oppressed, and abused. Most of them stay silent and do not expose these violations due to several reasons: their children, society, money… These violations not only hurt them physically but also emotionally. They create scars in women’s souls, which are really hard to heal. Therefore, we should stand up for the rights of these women whom we owe. Women shouldn’t be oppressed, they should be elevated; women shouldn’t be treated badly, they should be treated like a queen; women shouldn’t be violated, they should be loved.  This year starting from November 25th let’s start to fight for the rights of women and treat them the way they deserve.

CITATION

Polastri, By Rossana, et al. “Gender.” Preprod, http://www.ifad.org/en/gender. Accessed 24 Nov. 2021.

United Nations. “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.” United Nations, http://www.un.org/en/observances/ending-violence-against-women-day. Accessed 24 Nov. 2021.

“Violence Against Women – Regional Snapshot (2019) – KNOwVAWdata.” UNFPA Asiapacific, 31 July 2020, asiapacific.unfpa.org/en/resources/violence-against-women-regional-snapshot-2019-knowvawdata.

Wikipedia contributors. “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.” Wikipedia, 24 Nov. 2021, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_for_the_Elimination_of_Violence_against_Women.

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