International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The United Nations has designated the 25th November each year to be International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. In resolution 53/134 the UN General Assembly recognized that: “violence against women is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between men and women, which have led to domination over and discrimination against women by men and to the prevention of their full advancement, and that violence against women is one of the crucial social mechanisms by which women are forced into subordinate positions, compared with men”. The resolution defines the term ‘violence against women’ as meaning: ‘any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life’. This day is also known as White Ribbon Day, and various groups produce and distribute white ribbons for people to wear to call for an end to violence against women. See www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk and http://www.womankind.org.uk/.