November 25 marks the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women in order to raise awareness and trigger global action.
The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, initiated “UNiTE to End Violence Against Women,” a campaign that seeks widespread social mobilization of the cause through Facebook and Twitter to record what individuals, organizations and governments are doing to end violence against women in the world.
In addition, the U.N. encourages the observation Orange Day, which invites people to wear something orange to “highlight its calls for the eradication of violence against women without reservation, equivocation or delay.”
This year, the UNITE Campaign is extending to “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence,” starting November 25 through December 10, Human Rights Day.
Women light candles next to the number 696 during the annual demonstration to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, in downtown Guatemala City – Reuters
A woman, Rosa Franco, holds a picture of her daughter Isabel Franco, who was kidnapped, raped and killed on December 2001, during an annual demonstration to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, in downtown Guatemala City – Reuters
Women from various regions of Morocco hold placards as they protest against violence towards women, in Rabat November 24, 2013. The placard reads, "Enough! We want a law against violence towards women" – Reuters
People take part in a march in Bogota, for peace and against crimes and violence against women – Reuters
People with covered mouths hold up signs, which read: "Only a kiss, I am silent" (L) and "More land, less massacre" – Reuters
Women shout slogans against the government and members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists during a protest against the absence of a women parliamentary quota in the constitution and to demand more women rights in front of the Shura Council in Cairo – Reuters
A woman raises a knife and shouts slogans against then Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and the Brotherhood a during march against sexual harassment and violence against women in Cairo, in this February 6, 2013 file picture. Sexual harassment, high rates of female genital cutting and a surge in violence and Islamist feeling after the Arab Spring uprisings have made Egypt the worst country in the Arab world to be a woman, a poll of gender experts showed on November 12 – Reuters