International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women

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Ahead of the International Day to End Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism the theme of the 2015 International Istanbul Marathon was ending violence against women. More than 100,000 people participated in the marathon including 30,000 runners from around the world. The slogan “Say No to Violence Against Women” was everywhere and the overall color theme of the marathon was orange. Photo: UN Women/Müslüm Bayburs

Ahead of the International Day to End Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism the theme of the 2015 International Istanbul Marathon was ending violence against women.
More than 100,000 people participated in the marathon including 30,000 runners from around the world. The slogan “Say No to Violence Against Women” was everywhere and the overall color theme of the marathon was orange.
Photo: UN Women/Müslüm Bayburs

Prevention is the 2015 theme of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November and of the UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign’s 16 days call for action.

UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, led by UN Women. It will be carried out during the civil society-driven16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which run from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

This year’s ‘Orange the World” initiative focuses on the theme of preventing violence against women and girls, in the specific context of the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which includes targets on ending violence against women and girls.

According to UN data, 35% of women and girls globally experience some form of physical and or sexual violence in their lifetime with up to seven in ten women facing this abuse in some countries.

An estimated 133 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation/cutting in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the harmful practice is most common.

Worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today were married as children, 250 million of whom were married before the age of 15. Girls who marry before the age of 18 are less likely to complete their education and more likely to experience domestic violence and complications in childbirth.

This year, at the official commemoration at UN Headquarters in New York, the first UN Framework on Preventing Violence against Women was launched.

Thousands of women marched in Istanbul, Turkey.

Hundreds in Barcelona reject violence against women. “Enough violence, because we want to live free.”

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Amrai Pari Paribarik Nirjaton Protirodh Jot holds a rally at the Central Shaheed Minar on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Wednesday. Photo: nayan kumar

Bangladesh – Amrai Pari Paribarik Nirjaton Protirodh Jot holds a rally at the Central Shaheed Minar on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Wednesday. Photo: nayan kumar

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The headquarters of the EU Commission in Brussels

Image below from top left to right – The National Monument of Pakistan located in the Country’s capital city, Islamabad, 3 shots of Brazil’s Presidential Palace, O Palácio do Planalto and 2 of the Black Women’s march in Brazil.  more shot-2015-11-25_12-16-32  

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