Justice and Peace Issues
Nov. 25 ~ International Day Elimination of Violence Against Women
Even before COVID-19, violence against women was one of the most widespread violations of human rights, with almost 18 % of women and girls experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner within the last year. During COVID-19, calls to violence against women helplines increased up to fivefold in the first few weeks of the pandemic. For every 3 months the lockdown continues, an additional 15 million women are expected to be affected by violence.
Calling for a “cease-fire at home”, the UN Secretary-General urged governments earlier this year to make the prevention and redress of violence against women and girls a key part of national response plans for COVID-19. While UN Member States responded, and 135 countries have adopted measures to prevent or respond to violence against women during this global crisis, only 48 countries – less than 1/4 of the 206 analyzed in a recent study – treated violence against women and girls-related services as an integral part of their national and local COVID-19 response plans, with very few adequately funding these measures. The culture of impunity still prevails widely, and the pandemic is threatening to undo any progress as women are not being able to access the life-saving care and support they need.
On November 25, Member States, civil society, influencers and the UN System will be able to spark a renewed sense of urgency and bolster global action to end violence against women and girls by calling on all to: fund essential services on gender-based violence and women’s organizations who are at the forefront; to respond to the needs of survivors, including during the global pandemic; to prevent gender-based violence from happening in the first place by challenging cultural and social norms, mobilization campaigns and a zero-tolerance policy; and to collect data to improve services, programmes and policies.
You can find a Prayer to End Violence Against Women HERE
A virtual event at the UN will launch the global mobilization under the theme: “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”. WHEN: Wednesday, 25 November 2020, from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. (E.T.)
• Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres
• Member States representatives
• Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
• Under-Secretary-General and UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem
• UN Women Goodwill Ambassadors Nicole Kidman and Cindy Bishop
• Co-Hosts Zahra Al Hilaly and Stuart Moir
With the musical performance of Ensemble Corona, Bosnia and Herzegovina
HOW TO WATCH THE EVENT:
The event will be held in English, with simultaneous interpretation provided in all six official UN languages
Live Webcast of the event will be available on UN Women’s website and UN Web TV.
For more information visit 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence