International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, will take place next Friday 25 November 2011.

The UN will be supporting and conducting a number of activities to mark this day, and the overall 20 Days of Human Rights Activism. In particular, UN Women will be visiting markets and schools and conducting workshops on the Global Programme, Safe Cities Free of Violence Against Women and Girls (SCGP). The Safe Cities project aims to:

1) Prevent and reduce sexual harassment and sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces;

2) Enable women and girls to move freely and safely and increase their ability to exercise their right to enjoy such spaces;

3) Increase access, freedom of movement, and citizen’s responsibilities to keep public spaces safe, clean and well kept;

4) Increase social cohesion to prevent and reduce all forms of violence in market places.

If you would like any further information on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Safe Cities Project, or any other UN activities please don’t hesitate to contact UN Women’s Alethia Jimenz alethia.jimenez@unwomen.org

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Download a message from the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women here

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6 thoughts on “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

  1. we at the Ministry of culture youth and sport Guyana will be conducting sone major activities oversixteen days period to to raise awareness on gender issues.

  2. VoW – Voice of a Woman launched its online magazine http://www.thevoiceofawoman.com on Friday 25th November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, with an exhibition of the works of various women photojournalists – who have captured the experiences of women globally.

    Among the photojournalists were: Tara Todras Whitehall – Staff photographer with Associated Press, who contributed her Daughters of Egypt essay capturing the women in Egypt on the frontline of the revolution this year; Samar Hazboun – a young woman who has documented women in Palestine impacted by domestic violence; Samjhana’s work documenting women in India and Lee Karen Stow’s series on women building back their lives post-conflict in Sierra Leone. Among the film work also presented was Kim Longinotto’s documentary film work: Pink Sari’s filmed capturing the stories of outcast women in India and Rough Auntie’s a powerful film on sexual violence against young girls in South Africa.

    Amnesty International’s Legal Advisor on International Law and Women’s Rights also launched Amnesty’s “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence” Campaign at the VoW launch.

    Among the speakers for the evening were Dr. Scilla Elworthy – Founder of Peace Direct and Oxford Research Group, a three time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and co-founder of the Elders with Nelson Mandela, Peter Gabriel and Richard Branson. Dr. Nadje Al-Ali – Author, Chair SOAS Gender Studies; and Gerry Lejeune – Founder of Women’s Aid UK.

    Please support VoW – Voice of a Woman by going to the magazine at http://www.thevoiceofwoman.com.

    Contact: maureen@thevoiceofawoman.com

  3. I hope the campaign to end violence against women fails until you change the campaign to “End Violence”. It is sexist and misandric. Do you think that violence against women is any worse than violence against men? A 17 year old boy was knifed to death in the early hours in London. Do you think that’s less bad because he is male?

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