International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, history and significance

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In several countries, women still face discrimination and sexism. They don’t receive equal opportunities in life, even in India, sometimes as a society we become neglectful towards the rights of women. What’s even worse is the violence against them, which is both physically and mentally disastrous. To raise more awareness around the issue, 25th November is marked as the International Day for the elimination of violence against women. It is then followed by a 16 days of activism against gender violence. In 2021, WHO released a survey reports on the violence against women, which revealed that 1 in 3 women will be subjected to a physical or sexual violence across their lifetime. The lockdown due to pandemic, which is forced people to stay at home and cut off several communication links, showed a surged in violence against women. Most of the time, women don’t or are either stopped from disclosing the incident of violence against them. 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. We need to teach our newer generations to be more sensitive towards these issues, talk about these issues and step in when someone needs help. Together only, we can eradicate this issue from the core of our society.

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