International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women / by Laura Rose

Today, the United Nations commemorated the 2014 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Started by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2008, the movement aims to raise public awareness and increase political will and resources for preventing all forms of violence against women all over the world.

Here is an introduction to the movement, which includes a toolkit to take action and raise awareness within your neighborhood and social networks. 

UNiTE Goals
(from UN.ORG)

  • Adoption and enforcement of national laws to address and punish all forms of violence against women and girls, in line with international human rights standards.
  • Adoption and implementation of multi-sectoral national action plans that emphasize prevention and that are adequately resourced.
  • Establishment of data collection and analysis systems on the prevalence of various forms of violence against women and girls.
  • Establishment of national and/or local campaigns and the engagement of a diverse range of civil society actors in preventing violence and in supporting women and girls who have been abused.
  • Systematic efforts to address sexual violence in conflict situations and to protect women and girls from rape as a tactic of war and full implementation of related laws and policies.

Ban Ki-moon's statement is below (It gets going about 3 minutes in):