Ever since the 2000s, on the 25th of November people worldwide have raised public awareness for Elimination of Violence against Women, and of the unity of women standing up to END Violence.

Why we must eliminate violence against women?

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.

Distressing figures you need to know about

• 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner.

• Only 52% of women married or in a union freely make their own decisions about sexual relations, contraceptive use and health care.

• Worldwide, almost 750 million women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday; while 200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM).

• 1 in 2 women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family in 2012; 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.

• Violence against women is as serious a cause of death and incapacity among women of reproductive age as cancer, and a greater cause of ill health than traffic accidents and malaria combined.

Speechless? So were we. It’s alarming how in this day and age we’re still faced with these issues. It remains to be a life-long threat to millions of girls and women worldwide. Today, forces must be joined to put an end to this monstrosity.

How can you take action?

This year, show your support by wearing the colour orange to symbolise your commitment to this cause. But what does the colour orange symbolise? Orange signifies a better future, without the struggle, without violence, but with peace for all girls and women.

End violence day and join the campaign with the United Nations!

You can participate on social media via the following hashtags: #OrangeUrWorld, #OrangeTheWorld, #HearMeToo, #EndVAW.

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