International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
“Everyone has a responsibility to prevent and end violence against women and girls, starting by challenging the culture of discrimination that allows it to continue.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
A staggering one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.
SOME FACTS AND FIGURES
• 35% of women and girls globally experience some form of physical and or sexual violence in their lifetime with up to seven in ten women facing this abuse in some countries.
• It is estimated that up to 30 million girls under the age of 15 remain at risk from FGM/C, and more than 130 million girls and women have undergone the procedure worldwide.
• Worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today were married as children, 250 million of whom were married before the age of 15. Girls who marry before the age of 18 are less likely to complete their education and more likely to experience domestic violence and complications in childbirth.
• The costs and consequence of violence against women last for generations.
The United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women
has proclaimed the 25th of each month as ‘Orange Day’,
a day to raise awareness and take action against
violence against women and girls.