As the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women approaches on 25 November, AWAVA reaffirms its commitment to preventing and eliminating all forms of violence against women and their children. By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day. Activists and Advocates have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic. As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reminds uss “we must fundamentally challenge the culture of discrimination that allows violence to continue“.

Around the Country

Around the World

  • The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) has condemned the practice of forced sterilisation for women living with HIV
  • In Africa, laws around Rape within Marriage remain problematic with “efforts to criminalize marital rape” remaining “controversial, and the results have been mixed”
  • This report says more men in Africa are becoming engaged through Men to Men programs to stop rape and violence against women
  • The UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Professor Rashida Manjoo, has called on Sudan to stop threatening women with flogging saying “stressing the practice amounts to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment that goes against international law”
  • In New Zealand, the “Roast Busters” story continues, with companies pulling their ads from a radio show that was seen to support rape culture
  • In East Timor, domestic violence laws are failing to eliminate violence against women
  • This article from Ottawa, Canada says that older women are the most vulnerable and face increased barriers to escaping domestic and family violence
  • This Op Ed from the UK asks Why is Justice for Survivors of Violence Trivialised ?

Get involved

  • On 25 November, International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) presents I am a Girl to mark the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
  • Women’s Information, Support, and Housing in the North (WISHIN are holding their annual WISHIN Women’s Car Sleepout this year in partnership with  Womens Mental Health Network Victoria. This will be a violence prevention event during the 16 days of Eliminating Violence Against Women and the White Ribbon Campaign. For more information, follow the link
  • The  NSW Women’s Rights Network are screening the film Half the Sky (2012) on 11 November inspired by the novel of the same name by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn. The film follows celebrity activists across ten countries to recount the stories of inspiring and brave individuals.  From these stories we hear the solutions that are being created through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls.

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