This blog was written by the LWV UN Observers
"Violence against women is a devastating human rights violation visited upon one in every three women,” UN General Assembly President Dennis Francis stated on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls. “There is #NoExcuse. Everyone, everywhere, has a responsibility to repudiate this abuse, and to commit to working to prevent it."
What action can you take to end violence against women and girls? You can participate in the United Nation’s #16DaysofActivism against gender-based violence. It's an online, global campaign launched in 1991; this year's theme is "UNITE! Invest to prevent violence against women and girls.”
The UN holds violence against women and girls to be the most pervasive human rights violation worldwide. For example, one in three women and girls will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, according to UN Women.
So for the next two and a half weeks, let’s learn more about eliminating and preventing violence against women and girls, and the vital role women’s organizations play. Further, let's share that info using the hashtags #16DaysofActivism and #NoExcuse.
We look forward to seeing you online today and for the next several weeks!
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Little did I guess when I agreed to represent the League of Women Voters of the United States at the United Nations that it would be such a fulfilling 20 years.
One of my primary memories that sticks with me is that of our work at the Beijing Women’s Conference, a conference convened by the UN in 1995 to achieve global gender equality.
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The United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The CSW is instrumental in promoting women's rights, documenting the reality of women's lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.