International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

If you live in a western, democratic nation, you likely think that violence against women is comparatively low in your country.

You are almost certainly underestimating how much violence women face, even in your country.

A 2013 study on violence against women in Australia discovered that one in three women are victims of violence in their lifetimes.  Violence is the number one cause of death in women aged 15 to 44.

The United Nations formed the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in 1999, to “to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence; furthermore, one of the aims of the day is to highlight that the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden.” [*]

As a victim of violence myself, I’m acknowledging the day, and the ongoing efforts to address the issue.   Violence against women is insidious and often invisible.  Wikipedia has an entire section dealing with the topic and the sub-sections are an appalling list of types of violence women face:

Awareness is one of the greatest tools you can wield against it.



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