On 17 December 1999, the United Nation General Assembly designated the 25 November as the Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Since 1981, women activists marked this day as a day against violence.
Based on country data available, up to 70 per cent of women experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime.
Excerpts of the UNIFEM Fact Sheet : violence against women worldwide
– In the United States, one-third of women murdered each year are killed by intimate partners.
– In South Africa, a woman is killed every 6 hours by an intimate partner.
– Women and girls constitute 80 % of the estimated 800,000 people trafficked annually, with the majority (79 %) trafficked for sexual exploitation.
– And so on, and so on… You can see the whole Fact Sheet by clicking here.
The Say NO campaign
Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women is a global call for action, launched in November 2009, on ending violence against women and girls. It is presented by UNIFEM as a contribution to advance the objectives of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women through social mobilization. UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman is the Spokesperson of Say NO.
The Lingua Franca Foundation is participating to the Say NO campaign with the Safety Net Project
The Lingua Franca Foundation participates to the Say NO campaign. We published a web page and are proposing the Safety Net Project as an action for the Elimination of the violence against the women.
We’ll inform you of the progress of this project and these actions throughout the coming weeks.