Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it. 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.
Efforts to prevent and end violence against women at the global, regional and national levels show that there is widespread impunity on sexual violence and rape. The 2019 theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is ‘Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape’. Like in previous years, this year's International Day will mark the launch of 16 days of activism that will conclude on 10 December 2019, which is International Human Rights Day.
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.