International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

  • 1 in 2 women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family in 2017; while only 1 out of 20 men were killed under similar circumstances*
  • 71% of all human trafficking victims worldwide are women and girls, and 3 out of 4 of these women and girls are sexually exploited*

The recent UN Women report reveals that the pandemic has had major impacts. Data from 13 countries show that two out of three women, either themselves or a woman they know, have experienced some form of violence and are more likely to be food insecure. In the same study, data indicate that only one in ten women would seek help from the police

Violence against women is one of the most widespread and under-reported scourges in the world. The consequences are multiple, devastating and persistent. They affect all dimensions of the person.

This day also launches the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence that particularly affects women and girls. The campaign ends on December 10, International Human Rights Day. The campaign is coordinated by the United Nations and UN Women to generate action to raise awareness and identify solutions on a global scale.

In addition to the activities, all individuals are encouraged to be more welcoming of survivor testimonies, to adopt more inclusive approaches, and to promote the empowerment of women and girls. Testimony in English and Español.

Discover also the Virtual Knowledge Center available in English, Español and French.

*Source: United Nations