Loreto WOW Notice

25th Nov 2019 – Our WoW reps have put together the following information in support of the fact that today is the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women …


Background: taking a stand against gender-based violence
Despite the adoption of the Convention of the Elimination of all Form of Discrimination (CEDAW) by the UN General Assembly in 1979, violence against women and girls remains a pervasive problem worldwide:

  • 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner;
  • only 52% of women married or in a union freely make their own decisions about sexual relations and health care;
  • almost 750 million women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday, while 200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM);
  • 1 in 2 women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family in 2017, while only 1 out of 20 men were killed under similar circumstances;
  • 71% of all human trafficking victims worldwide are women and girls, and 3 out of 4 of these women and girls are sexually exploited;
  • violence against women is as serious a cause of death and incapacity among women of reproductive age as cancer, and a greater cause of ill health than traffic accidents and malaria combined.

These statistics are truly shocking!

The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognises gender equality and the empowerment of women as a key priority and pledges that “no one will be left behind.”

Goal 5 of the agenda aims to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” and includes specific targets to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

The focus of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is to encourage governments, international organisations as well as NGOs to work together to raise public awareness of this pressing issue. There will be 16 days of activism across the world against gender-based violence starting today, on 25th November, to 10th December, Human Rights Day.

What can we do? We can all challenge the persistent inequalities and attitudes about gender which leads to valuing girls as lesser beings. Gender stereotyping limits boys and girls denying many the chance to reach their potential and lead happy and fulfilling lives.