The annual international campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” kicked off on 25 November in Egypt and the whole world.
The campaign starts every 25 November which marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, dubbed Orange Day, and runs until 10 December, the Human Rights Day.
The day was made official by the United Nations through a 1999 General Assembly resolution. The resolution defined violence against women as “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 in private life.
The 2019 theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is ‘Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape
There are many efforts to prevent and end violence against women at the global, regional, and national levels, that assures widespread penalisation of sexual violence and rape, but unfortunately the numbers are still surprising.
Worldwide, one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner, according to the WHO’s global and regional estimates of violence against women in 2018.