UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Published date: 
Tuesday, 23rd November 2021

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those delivering front line services, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified. This is the Shadow Pandemic growing amidst the COVID-19 crisis and we need a global collective effort to stop it.

Did you know:

National figures show between two and three women are murdered every week by their partners or ex-partners.

1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner.

Emerging data shows an increase in calls to domestic violence helplines in many countries since the outbreak of COVID-19. Calls to helplines have increased five-fold in some countries.

Only 52% of women married or in a union freely make their own decisions about sexual relations, contraceptive use and health care.

71% of all human trafficking victims worldwide are women and girls, and 3 out of 4 of these women and girls are sexually exploited.

This year’s theme for the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”. Like in previous years, this year's International Day will mark the launch of 16 days of activism that will conclude on 10 December 2020, which is International Human Rights Day.

They hope you will be able to join, international activists and experts, local campaigners and women across Oldham and Saddleworth at our virtual zoom meeting to discuss what we can continue to do to tackle violence against women and girls.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

When: Thursday 25 November, 2:00pm-3:30pm, virtual meeting.

To register for the virtual event please email abrahamsd@parliament.uk with your full name and email address.