Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Some national studies show that up to 70% of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. On a smaller scale, more than 1 in 4 women in Washington DC, United States, have experienced some form of sexual harassment on public transportation, according to a survey conducted in 2016. Twenty-three per cent of female undergraduate university students reported having experienced sexual assault or sexual misconduct in a survey across 27 universities in the United States in 2015. No matter the percentage, any number of women experience any type of violence is too many.
The Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is an occasion for governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to raise public awareness for violence against women. One of the main challenged with ending violence against women is funding. The Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women aims to mobilize people everywhere to bring about change and Orange the World, which is the theme created by UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign. Orange will symbolize a brighter future without violence.