The theme this year is; Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is a global observance and NOT a public holiday.
Since 1981, the 25th of November has been observed by Women’s rights activists as a day against gender based violence . This day was created to honor the Mirabel sisters, political activists from the Dominican Republic, who were assassinated in 1960 in the Dominican Republic on the orders of the Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo.
In the 20th of December 1993, the General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women through resolution 48/104 in a bid to eradicate violence against women and girls worldwide.
In February 2000, the General Assembly adopted resolution 54/134, officially termed November 25th as the International day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
They invited governments, NGOs as well as international organizations to come together and organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the issue every year.
Women are often all the time victims of sexual exploits as studies show that 71% of all human trafficking victims worldwide are women and girls.
2020 Has been a year of challenges as a virus broke out and affected the whole world. Emerging data and reports have shown that all types of violence against women have intensified, especially domestic violence.
The shadow pandemic, is growing amidst the Covid-19 crisis and we need a global effort in stopping it. More needs to be done to prioritize addressing violence against women in Covid-19 response and recovery efforts.
It has become an issue since the outbreak since health services and essential services such as domestic violence helplines and shelters have reached capacity.
The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, a multi-year effort aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls focuses on amplifying the call for global action to ensure essential services for survivors of violence during the Covid-19 crisis, collection of data that can improve life-saving services for women and girls, bridge funding gaps and focus on prevention.