International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

25th November is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, launching the 16 days of activism which happens worldwide every year.

A recent United Nations study has revealed that "home is the most dangerous place for a woman." Women who are victims of violence or women who have been murdered experience this by their partner, an ex-partner or by a member of their family.

A report conducted by the U.N.’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), published "that of 87,000 recorded female homicide cases last year, 50,000, or 58%, were committed by the victims’ intimate partners or family members. The toll equates to six women killed every hour, or 137 killed every day, by people they know."

"While “the majority of intentional homicide victims are male,” women comprise the victims of 82% of intimate partner murders. The report also noted that the majority of intimate partner murders corresponded with domestic violence cases."

In order to work towards eliminating violence against women the implementation of the following must be taken into account: "instituting domestic violence early intervention programs, educating men and encouraging criminal justice reform."

We cannot loose more women to violence! Countries must step up their laws! STOP FAILING WOMEN!

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Background photo by Alessio Lin

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