Prevention is the 2015 theme of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25th and of the UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign 16 days call for action - "Orange the World". This year, at the official commemoration at UN Headquarters in New York, the first United Nations Framework on Preventing Violence against Women will be launched and discussed. This document stems from the collaboration of seven UN entities: UN Women, International Labour Organization (ILO), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and World Health Organization (WHO). The framework develops a common understanding for the UN System, policymakers and other stakeholders on preventing violence against women and provides a theory of change to underpin action.
35% of women and girls globally experience some form of physical and or sexual violence in their lifetime with up to seven in ten women facing this abuse in some countries.
It is estimated that up to 30 million girls under the age of 15 remain at risk from female genital mutilation ceremony (FGM/C), and more than 130 million girls and women have undergone the procedure worldwide.
Worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today were married as children, 250 million of whom were married before the age of 15. Girls who marry before the age of 18 are less likely to complete their education and more likely to experience domestic violence and complications in childbirth.
The costs and consequence of violence against women last for generations.
Learn more about the 16 day worldwide celebration "Orange the World: End Violence Against Women and Girls" here.