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“I welcome the chorus of voices calling for an end to the violence that affects an estimated one in three women in her lifetime. I applaud leaders who are helping to enact and enforce laws and change mindsets. And I pay tribute to all those heroes around the world who help victims to heal and to become agents of change.”
These are the words of UN Secretary-General, Ban-Ki Moon to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, celebrated 25th November. This is a day of celebration, to commemorate the tireless efforts of those men and women who stand up for women’s rights and advocate for equality. It is thanks to these people that we women have experienced such development in some parts of the world. However, there is still much work to be done.
With up to 70 per cent of women experiencing violence in their lifetime, violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women. The UN states that “violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security”. however, despite the acknowledgement of the progress equality can bring, women continue to be left out of the most crucial discussions and are still relatively absent from board positions and world leadership.
Let us raise awareness about the elimination of violence against women on this day and endeavour to reach this goal in all of our pursuits. But let us also remember that this will not happen on its own, it will take a united effort from everybody, men and women, not just feminists or women’s rights advocates to truly eradicate violence against women. full stop.
For the full story: https://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/