Day Against Domestic Violence

Quick Facts

AKA NameInternational Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Hashtags#ViolenceAgainstWomen, #DomesticViolence
2019 Date25 November 2019
2020 Date25 November 2020
Day Against Domestic Violence

Day Against Domestic Violence History

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is celebrated to raise awareness for global fight against gendered violence. Violence and abuse against women and girls is one the most widespread violations of human rights. Today, it is estimated that approximately 35% of women around the world have experienced some form of physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime.

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was designated by the United Nations General Assembly on December 17, 1999 but activists had already been marking November 25 since 1981. The celebratory date of November 25 was chosen, as it is the anniversary of the assassination of the Mirabal sisters. The three Mirabal sisters, Dominican activists who fought for civil rights and democracy by opposing dictator Raphael Trujillo's regime, were brutally murdered by Trujillo's men. As an internationally recognised day the message of non-violence is sent strongly to governments as well as individuals. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is celebrated annually on November 25.

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Day Against Domestic Violence Facts & Quotes

  • The 2017 theme for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was Leave no one behind.
  • In 2014, the theme was Orange your neighbourhood, the colour orange has since come to represent struggles against gendered violence. Orange Day is also marked on the 25th of each month because remembering the issue once a year is not enough.
  • The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women was adopted by the UN in 1993. In it the Declaration states that customs, traditions and religious obligations should not be invoked when they harm on the basis of gender. It also includes the provision of government budgets dedicated to eliminating gendered violence.
  • Violence and abuse affect women from all kinds of backgrounds every day. As many as seven in ten women around the world report having experienced physical violence at some point in their lifetime. – Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the EU
  • We must unite. Violence against women cannot be tolerated, in any form, in any context, in any circumstance, by any political leader or by any government. – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Day Against Domestic Violence Top Events and Things to Do

  • Get orange!!! From November 25 to December 10 is the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. People are invited to “Orange the world” to symbolise a future without violence - why not orange your street, school or workplace to show your support for the day?
  • Donate supplies or time to a women’s shelter near you. Tampons, clean underwear and warm bedding are useful items that are always needed. There are local shelters in nearly all areas.
  • Learn to recognise the signs of domestic violence and reach out to someone you think might be in need of help.
    Consider responses to these questions:
    Has your partner tried to keep you from seeing your friends or family?
    Have you ever changed your behaviour because you're afraid of what your partner might do or say to you?
    Has your partner ever deliberately destroyed any of your possessions?
  • Learn more about the topic by reading book about domestic violence. Books can be just as powerful as films or documentaries. Some of our picks:
    1)A Woman Like You: The Face of Domestic Violence by Vera Anderson
    2) The Politics of Denial: Reactionary Rage by Michael A. Milburn, Sherre D. Conrad, Sheree D. Conrad
    3)Domestic Abuse: Our Stories by M. Webb
  • Watch a film or TV show about domestic violence. There are dozens of films and TV shows that tackle the societal issues and personal stories of gendered violence. Our favourites are: Private Violence (2014), Power and Control: Domestic Violence in America (2010) and Orange is the New Black.

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