16 days of action to end violence against women

It is the same district where in early 2000 Mukhtaran Mai was raped on the order of the village council triggering an international outrage

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The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, marked every year by the United Nations on 25 November, represents the start of the global campaign on 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

According to the data, 35% of the world's women have experienced physical or sexual violence. To "leave no one behind", one of the guiding principles of the 2030 Agenda, we must end the violence that leaves women and girls behind on every continent and in every country. The crimes include intimate partner violence, sexual violence and harassment, human trafficking, female genital mutilation and child marriage.

It also coincides with the trial in Spain of five men accused of gang raping a woman, who was then 18, in July 2016 during the famed Pamplona bull-running festival, a case that has shocked the country.

The U.N.'s "Orange the World" campaign will attempt to raise awareness about the violent realities faced by numerous world's women and girls. UNiTE leads the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign that aims to raise public awareness and bring change.

According to womenhomicide.com data, 260 women were murdered by their male partners, husbands or family members previous year across Turkey.

The celebration is to reinforce the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

"Sexual violence and harassment against women is prevalent in our society".

Yet despite its pervasiveness, violence against women is not inevitable - and it is preventable.

Calling for violence against women in Afghanistan to immediately stop, Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said that no Afghan man will achieve his full potential unless women and girls in Afghanistan reach theirs.

We all need to be committed to a world free from violence for all women and girls around the world, including the underserved and marginalized, refugees, migrants, minorities, indigenous peoples, and populations affected by conflict and natural disasters, amongst others. At the heart of all forms of physical and sexual violence is gender inequality and discrimination, which violate the fundamental human rights of women and girls.

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