International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is a global advocacy effort aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women. The day is marked every year on 25 November.
Violence against women continues to occur globally. The World health Organisation (WHO) estimates that nearly 1 in 3 women worldwide has experienced physical and/or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner or sexual violence by a non-partner.
The COVID-19 pandemic has further contributed to increasing the risks of violence, particularly domestic violence against women. Before the pandemic, 243 million women and girls, aged 15-49 years experienced sexual and /or physical violence by an intimate partner in the past year. Since the occurrence of COVID pandemic, all types of violence against women have intensified.
Health Impact: Women exposed to intimate partner violence are;
Sexual and Reproductive Health:
Death and Injury:
Everyone has a role to play; more efforts are needed to address violence against women in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. The promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)-to leave no one behind can only be fulfilled with putting an end to violence against women and girls.
The WHO and partners are raising awareness about the global need to prevent and respond to violence against women, and provide support to survivors , during the 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence from 25 November to 10 December 2020.