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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Violence against women is the most extreme form of discrimination!

Although we have some women role models worldwide, women still encountering with various faces of violence in forms of physical, sexual and psychological forms; many stories manifests how women and girls are exposed every day to such violence through child marriage, female genital mutilation; and sexual exploitation, sexual and verbal harassment, etc.

Subsequently, the 25th of November was designated by the United Nations to be the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women after the horrible assassination of three Dominican sisters who were fighting against dictatorship back in 1960. 

According to the United Nations, nearly 35% of women and girls worldwide experience some form of physical or sexual violence or both in their lifetime and globally, more than 700 million women were married as children.

This event triggers plenty of seminars, workshops, activities, forums to raise awareness to the necessity of women’s rights and radical need for the collapsing of violence powers against “Women”. Additionally, a number of campaigns and initiatives are structured in order to support women to escape violence and thereby, overcome its serious repercussions. 

Today, this day is launched under the theme of “Orange the World: #HearMeToo” calling everyone to join the day through using the following hashtags on their social media accounts: #OrangeUrWorld, #OrangeTheWorld, #HearMeToo, #EndVAW to support women.

This theme speaks out women’s voice who survived violence, escaped its severe consequences, and defended their rights. It reveals the other side of women’s story, which is uncovered on social media!