Starting on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and finishing on 10 December (International Human Rights Day), the campaign calls for the eradication of all forms of violence against women.
The 16 days of activism is an international campaign to raise awareness of gender based violence as a human rights issue.
This year the campaign focuses on three main types of violence: physical, sexual and psychological.
Worldwide it is estimated that 1 in 3 of women have experienced physical or sexual violence.
The UN’s new sustainable development goals’ SDG5 on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls has a target to end to end all forms of violence against all women by 2030. They state that ‘Violence against women and girls remains one of the most serious …human rights violations’. (UN Women News)
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With women making up the majority of the world’s poor, we simply cannot achieve our goals without tackling gender equality. Read our Gender Justice Strategy 2014 .
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