The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is observed on 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. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, emerging data and reports have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, violence against women was one of the most widespread, persistent, and devastating violations of human rights, with almost 18 percent of women and girls experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner. This year, during the first few weeks of the pandemic isolation, calls to violence against women helplines increased up to five fold, and for every 3 months the lockdown continues, an additional 15 million women are expected to be affected by violence.
The Universal Children’s Day, also known as the World Children’s Day takes please on November 20th every year. This was the date in 1959 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and on the same day in 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. On this day, it is the time to promote togetherness around the world, awareness of the problems children face in every corner of the globe, and improve the welfare for all children.