International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
25 November 2011Various activities around the world to draw attention to the need for continuing action to eliminate violence against women
Various activities are arranged around the world to draw attention to the need for continuing action to eliminate violence against women, projects to enable women and their children to escape violence and campaigns to educate people about the consequences of violence against women. Locally, women's groups may organize rallies, communal meals, fundraising activities and present research on violence against women in their own communities.
An ongoing campaign that people are encouraged to participate in, especially around this time of the year when awareness levels for the day are high, is the “Say NO to Violence Against Women campaign”. Through the campaign, anyone can add their name to a growing movement of people who speak out to put a halt to human rights violations against women.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is a global observance and not a public holiday.
To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, Women’s Platform will stage a mass march at 19.30 from Galatasaray Square to Taksim area today.
To support women’s struggle and to object to violence on women, men are also marching today in Istanbul. Hundreds of men have also gathered at Şişli Square today to stage a march with a banner “We created violence, we will end it”.
One other organization in Istanbul is the photograph exhibition with the title “Break the Circle of Silence on Violence against Women”. The exhibition, organized jointly by ATYAPIM and Citymag magazine, will be opened today at 19.00 in TGC (Turkish Journalists Association) Press Museum.
Within the framework of events for 25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Diyarbakır Sur Municipality has acquainted women at Mehmet Geren Training Center with violence on women and its reasons.
According to a Human Rights Watch report released last May, some 42 percent of women over age 15 in Turkey and 47 percent of rural women have experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of a husband or partner at some point in their lives.
On November 25, 1960, three sisters, Patria Mercedes Mirabal, María Argentina Minerva Mirabal and Antonia María Teresa Mirabal, were assassinated in the Dominican Republic on the orders of the Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo. The Mirabel sisters fought hard to end Trujillo's dictatorship. Activists on women's rights have observed a day against violence on the anniversary of the deaths of these three women since 1981.
On December 17, 1999, November 25 was designated as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by the UN General Assembly. Each year observances around the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women concentrate on a particular theme, such as “Demanding Implementation, Challenging Obstacles” (2008).
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