The UN observes International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on the 25th of November yearly. This observance raises awareness of the continuing toll of gender-based violence.
Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. Globally, it is estimated that one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. Unlike an illness, however, perpetrators and even entire societies choose to commit violence and can choose to stop, violence is not inevitable, and it can be prevented. But it’s not as straightforward as eradicating a virus.
As such, prevention strategies should be holistic, with multiple interventions undertaken in parallel in order to have long-lasting and permanent effects. Many sectors, actors and stakeholders need to be engaged. More evidence is emerging on what interventions work to prevent violence from community mobilisation to change social norms, to comprehensive school interventions targeting staff and pupils, to economic empowerment and income supplements coupled with gender equality training.
Today, many efforts still need to be engaged towards a society where elimination of violence against women is undisputable. Towards such efforts, we, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), continue to partake in this global initiative for enlivening the principle of non-violence against women and promoting gender equality amongst young people. As a part of our rigid contribution, our 9th Melaka International Youth Dialogue (MIYD), 'Youth and Gender Equality' was one of our successful activities aiming on promoting gender equality of opportunities and eliminating unlawful discrimination as well as gender-based harassments.
We urge young women and men to step up striving to unveil their true potential and participate in the decision making process as part of the elimination of violence against women. We strive even harder to alleviate the hardships which are encountered by fellow women, around the world. We also believe that prevention strategies should be holistic, with multiple interventions undertaken in parallel, in order to have long-lasting and permanent effects. Therefore, we encourage all sectors, actors and stakeholders, inclusive of young people, to be engaged.
Happy International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women!