16 Days of Activism: Celebrating those who protect women and girls

Protesters in a march against gender based violence. All human life benefits when women's human rights are upheld, and we all suffer when those rights are abused.

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What you need to know:

  • Violence against women is a global crisis.
  • Governments, organisations, institutions, community groups, people everywhere  should join and raise their voices and work together to transform lives, not only during the 16 Days of Activism, but every day.

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Here at the UN, and across the world, we are celebrating those who are working to protect women and girls and defend their human rights. And we welcome new partners — governments, organisations, institutions, community groups, people everywhere — to join us, raise your voices and work together to transform lives, not only during the 16 Days of Activism, but every day.

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