A Day to Eliminate Violence and Empower Women


November 25, 2015

Today is the annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Sometimes the world needs to be reminded about tough topics. The issue of violence against women continues to grow larger and the statistics aren’t pretty:

  • One in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.
  • 35% of women and girls globally experience some form of physical and or sexual violence in their lifetime, with up to seven in 10 women facing this abuse in some countries.
  • An estimated 133 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation/cutting in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where this harmful practice is most common.


16days_IMC_7Prevention is the key. We know more about what interventions work to prevent violence—from community mobilization to changing social norms, to school intervention programs targeting staff and pupils, to economic empowerment and gender equality training.

This is a day to empower women to know their worth and give them the confidence to end the seemingly never-ending cycle of abuse.

The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites you to “Orange the world,” using orange to symbolize a brighter future without violence.

Orange the World

Orange events are planned in more than 70 countries around the world ahead of and throughout the next 16 days. They will include the orange lighting of major landmarks like Niagara Falls (Canada/USA), the European Commission building (Belgium) and the Council of Europe building (France), the archeological ruins at Petra (Jordan), the Presidential Palace in Brasilia (Brazil), and the Palais de Justice (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Other events planned range from the ‘oranging’ of bus stops in Timor-Leste, to marathons in Venezuela, to spontaneous orange flash mobs in Indonesia.

EU HQ Orange

Take Action Challenge:

Keep the world orange throughout the 16 Days! Find ideas on how to engage your community and government here.

Join International Medical Corps by sharing photos with the hashtag #IEmpowerWomen on your social media profiles during the 16 days or share on social media, and show your support

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