Today, November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is being observed around the world, every year. A resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly, calls on all nations to ensure the complete prevention of all forms of violence against women, including sexual abuse, gender inequality, and domestic violence. A special theme is also released annually by the United Nations in this regard.
This year, all the celebrations of International Day are being held under “Orange the World” Today, various public and prominent places in the world are being decorated with orange color to highlight the message that women are still victims of various forms of violence in the 21st century while it is our collective responsibility to rid our society of violence.
Historically, November 25 commemorates the three political activists in the Latin American country of Dominican, who were assassinated on November 25, 1960, at the behest of then-dictator Rafael Trujillo, The three sisters, known as the Mirable Sisters, were active in restoring democratic rights in their country, but the fame of the Mirable Sisters’ struggle spread around the world after their death, until in 1999 the United Nations declared the day of their assassination the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The United Nations says one in three women worldwide faces physical or mental abuse at some point in their lives, especially epidemics, natural disasters, armed conflict, and war worsen the problem.
UN Women, a UN agency, has collected data on women from 13 countries in its latest report, which found that two out of every three women have suffered from violence and malnutrition since the Corona outbreak, out of ten. Violence against women in many countries is a very serious matter, yet efforts are being made to cover it up. Unfortunately, the majority of women victims of violence in many countries do not inform anyone about the violence against them and do not seek help from anyone but are patient as they are destined to report violence against women to the police. On the contrary, they are patient in understanding the fate of women. According to media reports, 1.3% of women victims of violence report to the police for help, while 1.1% contact social organizations and zero point five percent (0.5%) contact lawyers.
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There is an opportunity to read the human rights reports of various national/international organizations, the data collected on violence against women in these reports contain more news clippings and news, but it is also a fact. While most incidents of violence against women are not even reported in the media, another source of statistics on incidents of violence against women is the police record, access to which is a separate matter. Adolescents under the age of 18 are abducted by powerful elements, in which case the girl’s parents are buried alive and the whole community is shaken by the feeling of insecurity. I believe that today, under the auspices of the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, government agencies around the world, local/international NGOs, charities, educational institutions, and above all the media can play a significant role in ending violence against women. It needs to be organized in a way that truly highlights the importance of women to our society.
Today, November 25, the Muslim community across the world will express its determination that the struggle to protect women from violence will continue in any case. I appeal to all peace-loving circles to play their role in ending violence against women. The 16-day global campaign of activism under the auspices of the United Nations is also starting today, which will end on December 10, the International Day for Human Rights. In these 16 days, let’s start our efforts to prove ourselves as good people and responsible citizens. Orange the World…!