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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The United Nations' (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is an occasion for governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to raise public awareness of violence against women. It has been observed on November 25 each year since 2000.

Violence against women is an issue that UN and many others take seriously.

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What Do People Do?

Various activities are arranged around the world to draw attention to the need for continuing action to eliminate violence against women, projects to enable women and their children to escape violence and campaigns to educate people about the consequences of violence against women. Locally, women's groups may organize rallies, communal meals, fundraising activities and present research on violence against women in their own communities.

An ongoing campaign that people are encouraged to participate in, especially around this time of the year when awareness levels for the day are high, is the “Say NO to Violence Against Women campaign”. Through the campaign, anyone can add their name to a growing movement of people who speak out to put a halt to human rights violations against women.

Public Life

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

On November 25, 1960, three sisters, Patria Mercedes Mirabal, María Argentina Minerva Mirabal and Antonia María Teresa Mirabal, were assassinated in the Dominican Republic on the orders of the Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo. The Mirabel sisters fought hard to end Trujillo's dictatorship. Activists on women's rights have observed a day against violence on the anniversary of the deaths of these three women since 1981.

On December 17, 1999, November 25 was designated as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by the UN General Assembly. Each year observances around the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women concentrate on a particular theme, such as “Demanding Implementation, Challenging Obstacles” (2008).

Symbols

Events around the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women are coordinated by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). The logo of this organization consists of "UNIFEM". The letters “U” and “N” are in blue and the letters “I”, “F”, “E” and “M” are in a darker shade of this color. An image of a dove surrounded by olive branches is to the right of the word. The image of the dove incorporates the international symbol for "woman" or "women". This is based on the symbol for the planet Venus and consists of a ring on top of a “plus” sign.

World Day to Eliminate Violence on Women Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2010ThuNov 25World Day to Eliminate Violence on WomenUnited Nations observance
2011FriNov 25World Day to Eliminate Violence on WomenUnited Nations observance
2012SunNov 25World Day to Eliminate Violence on WomenUnited Nations observance
2013MonNov 25World Day to Eliminate Violence on WomenUnited Nations observance
2014TueNov 25World Day to Eliminate Violence on WomenUnited Nations observance
2015WedNov 25World Day to Eliminate Violence on WomenUnited Nations observance
2016FriNov 25World Day to Eliminate Violence on WomenUnited Nations observance
2017SatNov 25World Day to Eliminate Violence on WomenUnited Nations observance
2018SunNov 25World Day to Eliminate Violence on WomenUnited Nations observance
2019MonNov 25World Day to Eliminate Violence on WomenUnited Nations observance
2020WedNov 25World Day to Eliminate Violence on WomenUnited Nations observance

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