What you need to know: International Day for Elimination of #ViolenceAgainstWomen

Today, November 25, is the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women. Now in it's 15th year, the day is meant to open conversation about "one of the most tolerated violations of human rights," according to UN Women. 

What you need to know about #ViolenceAgainstWomen on a global scale:

TIME further delves into the history, initiative, and why you might see more of the color orange over the next 16 days.

Violence takes a variety of forms. GirlUp identified ten categories of violence that plague girls and women worldwide.

  1. Sexual Assault
  2. Domestic Violence
  3. Violent Discipline
  4. Adolescent Refugees
  5. Child Marriage*
  6. HIV/AIDS
  7. Female Genital Mutilation
  8. Sex Trafficking*
  9. Sexual Harassment
  10. Death from Violence

1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence. A sobering statistic that does not discriminate across race, income level, or geographic location.

More than 125 countries have laws that penalize domestic violence, while 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not considered a crime. Source.

Almost 1/4 of 15 to 19 year old girls have been victims of physical violence. (Unicef)

 

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