Justice and Peace Issues
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
According to the World Health Organization, nearly 1 in 3 women have been abused in their lifetime. In times of crises, the numbers rise, as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic and recent humanitarian crises, conflicts and climate disasters. A new report from UN Women, based on data from 13 countries since the pandemic, shows that 2 in 3 women reported that they or a woman they know experienced some form of violence and are more likely to face food insecurity. Only 1 in 10 women said that victims would go to the police for help.
The 2021 Theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is: Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now! Orange is our color to represent a brighter future free of violence against women and girls.
As in previous years, this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women launches 16 days of activism to be concluded on the 10th of December 2020 — the day that commemorates the International Human Rights Day. Several public events are being coordinated and iconic buildings and landmarks will be ‘oranged’ to recall the need for a violence-free future.
CALL FOR ACTION
In the United States the Violence Against Women Act is reauthorized every 5 years. With minor changes, the House of Representatives has recently passed this reauthorization, but in the Senate no action has been taken. Contact your Senators to urge reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act 2021. Learn more/take action at this link: