By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day.
The United Nations
At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime - with the abuser usually someone known to her.
Women's activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981.
The World Health Organization
Established by the United Nations in 1999 and first observed in 2000, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women seeks to:
- raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels;
- strengthen local work around violence against women;
- establish a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women;
- provide a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies;
- demonstrate the solidarity of women around the world organizing against violence against women;
- create tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women.
NYSUT.org Nov. 25: International Day to End Violence Against Women
"[Deutsche Welle] Domestic violence is the most common form of violence experienced by women around the world. What measures should be taken by politicians and society to decrease violence in the home?
[Karen Nordmeyer] The first is to say very clearly: Violence behind doors or outside is a crime. It is a human rights violation, and it needs prosecution. Governments have to first make sure that people know what it means and how domestic violence is to be defined. It's not only to see that someone was beaten and you have some wounds, or near broken arms – no. It is also these other harmful techniques which are not physical, but they are psychological.
The most serious fact is that women should be empowered to make their rights seen and heard by their partners because very often domestic violence occurs between intimate partners. Everybody should know that violence in the domestic field should be criminalized and shouldn't be seen as a private thing. States have the duty to prevent that sort of violence against women and girls. They have to protect the victims and they have to prosecute the perpetrators. Then we should have a legislation to prevent this violence and let them live without fear."
Deutsche Welle: 'Women should be empowered' Interview with Karen Nordmeyer
Warning: DV Video - very triggering
“God of peace, there are many places and many people who do not experience your peace. Right now there are many, many women and children who live under the dark weight of the fear of violence right in their own homes. We pray for your protection, and for wisdom for friends and officials to help bring that right protection to them. We pray for the many men who themselves feel powerless and confused about their relationships. We ask that you would help them find healthy ways to work out their frustrations and to find hope without resorting to destructive impulses. God, work in our country to stem this epidemic. We ask for your perfect peace…”