The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is observed annually on 25th of November, and like previous years, it also launches the 16 days of activism that raises awareness on the continuing toll of gender-based violence. Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. Sadly, violence against women is 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.
Globally, it is estimated that one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. Unlike an illness, violence is not inevitable and it can be prevented. As such, prevention strategies should be holistic, with multiple interventions undertaken in parallel in order to have long lasting and permanent effects. 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 2021 theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is ‘Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!’. It aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls, and will focus on amplifying the call for global action to focus on prevention, and collection of data that can improve life-saving services for women and girls. 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), shall continue to partake in this global initiative and relevant campaigns for enlivening the principle of non-violence against women and promoting gender equality amongst young people. 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 and girls. We strive even harder to alleviate the hardships which are encountered by fellow women, around the world. We also believe that prevention policies should be holistic by challenging cultural and social norms in order to be concrete and tangible for all.
Violence against women continues to be an obstacle to achieving equality, development, peace, as well as to the fulfilment of women and girls’ human rights. Therefore, we encourage all stakeholders, young people inclusive, to engage and voice out their concerns and commitments. We also call upon young people and WAY members to be part of the orange movement and continue to promote #GenerationEquality #OrangeTheWorld #EndViolence for all!