1 in 3 Women Victims of Violence Worldwide
Today, the 25 November 2014, WHO joins organizations and individuals worldwide in observing the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, an annual event to raise awareness and accelerate progress towards ending the global scourge of violence against women and girls. Estimates suggest that one in three women globally have experienced either physical or sexual violence from a partner, or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives, and that levels of violence against women and girls remain extremely high.
16 days of activism follow this event, ending on 10 December, Human Rights Day, to mobilize support for the cause of ending violence. The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, invites people across the globe to lend their support and to ‘Orange Your Neighbourhood’ – to wear and use the colour orange to symbolize a brighter future without violence.
WHO awareness campaign
WHO is marking the beginning of the 16 days of activism with events and activities based in Geneva, Switzerland on the 24 and 25 November. This includes a panel discussion on The Role of the Health System in Addressing Violence Against Women at the Palais des Nations, which will include Member States, a Geneva-based NGO (Solidarité Femmes) and the Director of WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research, Dr. Marleen Temmerman.