International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25/11)

Since 1981, women activists around the world have been celebrating November 25 as Day Against Violence. On December 17, 1999, the UN General Assembly, by its resolution (A/RES/54/134), declared November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The UN invited governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to hold events on this day aimed at drawing public attention to this problem.

The Secretary-General's message stated: “Violence against women causes untold suffering, grief for families, hurting young and old alike, and impoverishing communities. It prevents women from reaching their full potential, limits economic growth and undermines development.”