The United Nations observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women will take place on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (EST) in the ECOSOC Hall, United Nations Headquarters United in New York.
THE 16 days of activism against gender-based violence is an annual campaign that begins on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends on December 10, International Human Rights Day.
Led by civil society, the campaign is supported by the United Nations through the support of the Secretary-General. UNITE by 2030 to end violence against women initiative.
The global theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is “UNITE! Investing to prevent violence against women and girls” which highlights the need to fund prevention strategies to proactively end gender-based violence.
The theme further aligns with the 2024 priority theme of the Commission on the Status of Women, which is “Accelerating gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls” by combating poverty, strengthening institutions and integrating a gender perspective into financing.
The 16 Days Campaign will support and amplify commitments to prevent violence against women and catalyze global advocacy efforts, including through Generation Equality and the Action Coalition against Gender-Based Violence.
Violence against women and girls remains the most widespread human rights violation in the world. Some 736 million women, or nearly one in three, have been victims of physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner.non-partner sexual violence, or both, at least once in their life.
More … than four in five women and girls (86 percent) live in countries without strong legal protectionor in countries for which data is not readily available.
Despite the scale of the problem and these worrying trends, financial commitments to violence prevention remain limited. Few national governments have funded transformative gender-based violence prevention policies or committed significant budgetary allocations to end violence against women. Investing in the prevention of violence against women and girls is essential to achieving gender equality by 2030, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
This year’s 16 Days campaign calls on all UNITE networks, civil society and women’s rights organizations, organizations working with men and boys, the United Nations system, coalitions of Generation Equality action, to government partners, human rights defenders, schools, universities and the private sector. , sports clubs, associations and individuals to step up and support different prevention strategies to prevent violence from happening in the first place.
Every effort invested in preventing violence against women is a step towards a safer, more equal and more prosperous world.
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