1 out of every 3 women worldwide will be physically, sexually or otherwise abused during her lifetime—with rates reaching 70 percent in some countries. Millions of girls and women are also held back by harmful laws, norms and practices that see women and girls killed for “honor” and girls pulled out of school and forced into child marriages. In some instances, countries lack the legislative and regulatory frameworks to protect women from marital rape and domestic violence.
25 November, the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women, marks the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. This 16-day campaign brings together leaders, activists and communities around the world in the fight against gender-based violence.
Support the #16Days of activism by calling for a stop to harmful practices that hold girls and women back.
Tell Commonwealth leaders to tackle gender inequality, poverty and disease when they meet in London. Read More
Make sure you know the forms of violence, discrimination, and obstacles women and girls around the world face. Read More
Tell Governments to Double What They Do to Make Sure She Decides Read More
Call on Influential Companies to Incorporate Women-Owned Businesses in Global Supply Chains Read More
Sign the petition urging governments to comprehensively look at their laws relating to rape, sexual violence and abuse. Read More
In 2012, Lina Khalifeh opened the first women’s self-defense kickboxing studio in Jordan. Read more
After almost a year of delay, Khadija Siddiqi found justice. Read more
“Despite the stigma attached to sex trafficking survivors they decided to stand up." Read more