On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the United Nations (UN) has launched 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence under the theme “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!”
Taking place from 25 November to 10 December 2021, the 16 Days of Activism will inform, express, share, and act “to create a world free of violence for all women.” The civil society-led initiative, launched by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership, was first established in 1991.
It is worth noting that a recent report released by UN Women found that two out of three women reported that they, or a woman they knew, experienced violence and were more likely to face food insecurity.
Only one in ten women said that survivors would go to the police for help. The report also showed that about a quarter of respondents felt less safe in their homes and that tensions in their households increased since the start of the pandemic. Physical abuse was reported by 21% of respondents who felt unsafe in their homes.