Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it. The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
This day aims to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, physical violence and other forms of gender-based violence. Historically, this day is based on November 25, 1960, the day on which the Mirabal sisters, Dominican activists, were murdered.
Over the years, various states have developed campaigns aimed at the protection of women as in Australia. Marches attracted hundreds of participants in Bogota, Paris, and Rome. Thousands marched in San José, Costa Rica and Lima. Over 1,000 Turkish protesters turned out for a banned march in Istanbul; police cut off the end of the march and dispersed the marchers peacefully.
According to the organizers, around 150 thousand of participants in Rome for the third Non Una Di Meno march for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and against Pillon decree, which took place from Piazza della Repubblica to Piazza San Giovanni. Among the participants, the former president of the Chamber of Deputies, Laura Boldrini.
This day therefore has a fundamental role to play in the fight against gender-based violence and it is very important to continue to bring active campaigns and initiatives to eliminate this phenomenon from society and protect women around the world.