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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on of November, repeating indefinitely
25 November every year. Raising awareness and campaigning to end violence against women.
In 1999 the UN General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, inviting governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the issue on that day. Further information, including key messages, on the UN page for the Day, also on the UNESCO page for the Day.
Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. It was on this day in 1960 that the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, were brutally assassinated on the orders of the then Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. Read more about the Mirabal sisters on Wikipedia.
A few facts about the scale of violence against women worldwide:
- As many as 1 in 4 women experience physical or sexual violence during pregnancy.
- 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime.
- Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18.
- Women and girls make up 80% of the estimated 800,000 people trafficked across national borders annually, with 79% of them trafficked for sexual exploitation.
- More than 100 million girls are ‘missing’ due to pre-natal sex selection.
These facts are from a brochure about the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign, which has much more information about the global situation and what is being done: A Promise Is A Promise (PDF).
In this 2-minute film clip, young people from around the world speak out about violence against women:
Some more resources to help teach about this issue:
- Amnesty International: Women’s Rights resources
- Plan: Sazia’s Story
- TrueTube: Assembly script and film clips
- Women’s Aid: Expect Respect education toolkit (PDF) (quality assured by the PSHE Association)
- The United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK) has a page with background information and teaching activities for this Day.