ISLAMABAD: The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women will be observed on Sunday (today), November 25 across the globe.
According to a statement issues here, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, marking the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, called on governments to live up to their obligations to end the global problem of violence against women and girls, which was one of the most widespread human rights violations.
“On this International Day, I call on all governments to make good on their pledges to end all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world,” said the UN chief, in a message for the Day. “I urge all people to support this important goal,” he continued.
The Secretary-General’s appeal comes ahead of the March 2013 session of the 45-member UN Commission on the Status of Women, which will focus on preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls.
States have concrete and clear obligations to address violence against women under international law, including the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
Increased political action by states, backed by adequate resources, is also a major target of the Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign.
The UNiTE campaign also works to engage men as part of the solution to end gender-based violence. Since its launch in 2009, members of the Secretary- General’s Network of Men Leaders have undertaken specific actions to end violence against women and girls, from raising public awareness to meeting with young men and boys.
On November 25, 1960, three sisters, Patria Mercedes Mirabal, Maria Argentina Minerva Mirabal and Antonia Maria Teresa Mirabal, were assassinated in the Dominican Republic on the orders of the Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo.
The Mirabel sisters had 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, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the 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 organisations and non-governmental organisations to raise public awareness of violence against women. It has been observed on November 25 each year since 2000.