From today through to Human Rights Day on Saturday 10 December, the United Nations 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence aims to raise public awareness around the issue and to mobilise people everywhere to bring about change.
"Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. It imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies. The world cannot afford to pay this price."
- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
Here are four steps you can take to help end violence against women...
Orange the World
This year, the UN is inviting you to ‘Orange the world’, using the colour designated by the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign to symbolize a brighter future for women, free from violence.
If you’re interested in running an event at your own college or university, check out the UN’s toolkit.
Globally, a staggering one in every three women has experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.
Yet violence is not inevitable. It can be prevented. However, resources for initiatives to prevent and end violence against women and girls are severely lacking. It’s proven that even relatively small-scale investments that are timely and well integrated can bring enormous benefits to women and their communities.
Donating money is a great way to support efforts to end violence against women and girls worldwide.
Men, wear a White Ribbon!
In 1991, a handful of men in Canada decided they had a responsibility to urge men to speak out against violence against women. They decided that wearing a white ribbon would be a symbol of men’s opposition to men’s violence against women.
After just six weeks, as many as one hundred thousand men across Canada wore a white ribbon.
The UK branch of the White Ribbon Campaign was set up in 2004 and encourages men to do educational work in schools, workplaces and communities, support local women’s groups, and raise money for the international educational efforts of the WRC.
Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women
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Amelia Horgan from NUS' Women's Campaign has blogged about why everyone must play their part in raising awareness for #16days.
For more information about the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, visit www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday.