A new UN Report: Alarming Violence Statistics Against Women. According to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the world must empower women, help domestic violence victims, and prevent abuse.
Today we recognize the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and reaffirm our commitment to ending violence against women. Today also marks the beginning of UN Women’ Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, which spans the sixteen days in November, the International Elimination of Violence against Women, and December 10, International Human Rights Day. The symbolic linking of these two days draws attention to the fact that violence against women is a violation of human rights.
This year, the 16 Days of Activism campaign is “Orange the World: Raise Money to End Violence against Women and Girls.” This campaign focuses on the need for sustainable funding and resources for initiatives to end violence against women and girls. In order to be able to create real and significant change for women and girls worldwide – and ultimately create the world free from violence – requires sufficient funding and resources.
When you get involved, you make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of survivors affected by domestic violence each day. Working together, we can eradicate domestic violence. Help us #orangetheworld this year during the 16 Days of Activism by:
Joining the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Google+ and sharing how you orange the world by using #orangetheworld and #16days.
Being a voice for survivors by becoming a Charter Member of NNEDV
Having an informed conversation about domestic violence.
The unfortunate fact is that so many of us know someone who has been affected by domestic violence—a friend whose creepy boyfriend we never really liked, or a family member who, years later, reveals harrowing abuse no one ever knew about, or a family friend whose daughter's tragic murder weighs heavily on her every day of her life.
At the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the stories and experiences of survivors and their families are at the core of what do every day. In honor of them, NNEDV is launching a domestic violence awareness campaign—31 facts about domestic violence in 31 days. We will post facts about domestic violence on our Facebook page, and we encourage you to share it with your friends and family. Every Monday, we will post a blog on our website to talk about the work that NNEDV does and our commitment to creating the world with no violence. And every Friday, we will ask you to donate $31 to a local shelter, state coalition, or NNEDV in honor of the women in your life who have been impacted by domestic violence.
Domestic violence thrives when we are silent. But if we take a stand and work together, we can end domestic violence. We can end it by telling our friends and family that we will not tolerate domestic violence and by asking them to take a stand with us. We can end it by supporting the programs and shelters that provide refuge and safety for hundreds of thousands of survivors every year. We can end it by ensuring that our communities hold abusers accountable for their actions. Throughout this month, help us raise awareness about domestic violence and join us in our efforts to end violence. Together, we can make a difference.