International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
November 25, 2016
Launched in 2008, the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign aims to raise public awareness and increase political will and resources for preventing and ending all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.
“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
Why This International Day?
– Violence against women is a human rights violation.
– Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women.
– Violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security.
– Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential.
– Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic.
More Information: http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/
The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada supports this campaign and we take the White Ribbon pledge, an oath swearing never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence towards women.