International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

25 November 2018


The UN observes International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. This observance raises awareness of the continuing toll of gender-based violence and calls for action to end these human rights violations.

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.

A growing body of evidence suggests that gender inequality, including gender-based violence, is a key obstacle to better health and development outcomes for women and girls. Working with men and boys in transforming gender norms and practices, and promoting positive ones, is critical in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment on the continent.

UNFPA is one of the UN's lead agencies working to further gender equality and women’s empowerment, and to address the physical and emotional consequences of gender-based violence. UNFPA’s programmes offer psychosocial assistance, medical treatment and rape kits to survivors, and promote the right of all women and girls to live free of violence and abuse.