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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Women in RDC (image source: UNICEF)25 November 2014 -- In December 1999, the 54th session of the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 54/134 declaring November 25th the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The origins of November 25th go back to 1960, when the three Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic were violently assassinated for their political activism. The sisters, known as the "Unforgettable Butterflies", became a symbol of the crisis of violence against women in Latin America. November 25th was the date chosen to commemorate their lives and promote global recognition of gender violence, and has been observed in Latin America since the 1980s.

Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions. According to UN Women, at least one in three women in the world has suffered from violence, usually by someone known to her. In many societies, bias in the legal system and community attitudes add to the trauma.

Source: UN Women

Selected learning materials

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign: Bibliography and Resource List
Bibliography of resources which can be used in the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign (between 25 November, International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women -- which marks the violent deaths of the three Mirabal sisters in the Dominican Republic in 1960 -- and 10 December, International Human Rights Day).

Child Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation
This module contains four lesson plans and each lesson is highly flexible and adaptable. Standards by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) were used to guide the development of this module and it is designed so that teachers can teach a lesson within 1-2 class periods to introduce the subject or fully integrate the materials into the classrooms throughout the year. Teachers can also combine different lesson plans or combine modules for a more comprehensive introduction. Some suggestions are provided by the author. Child trafficking is an extremely sensitive subject as it addresses trafficking of children for sexual exploitation. The module may be more appropriate for high school levels.

The Annotated Guide to the Complete UN Trafficking Protocol
The Annotated Guide to the new United Nations Trafficking Protocol is intended to be of use to legal professionals in their work on developing a human rights framework for national anti-trafficking laws and policies.

Trafficking in persons (Asian Human Rights Commission)
The Handbook is intended for NGOs, activists and persons who come into contact with trafficked persons or who are interested in the issue of trafficking. This is a broad-based manual, containing general strategies that can be further adapted to local contexts. The Handbook was developed out of regional human rights training held for Asia and Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America.

Handbook for legislation on violence against women
This handbook provides policymakers and other stakeholders with guidance on creating and strengthening policies against violence against women.

Other education and training materials about violence against women in HREA's on-line Library

International and regional standards on ending gender-based violence:

- Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) (1979)

- Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence Against Women (1994)

- UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women (1993) 

- Beijing Platform for Action - Violence against Women (1995)

- UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (2000)

- Optional Protocol to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (2000)

- Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (2011)

Useful Links

Say NO to Violence Against Women

Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence

Violence Against Women Online Resources

White Ribbon Campaign (Men working to end men's violence against women)

Stop Rape Now (UN Action against sexual violence in conflicts)

UNiTE to End Violence Against Women (UN Secretary General's campaign)

Links to other organisations and initiatives on preventing violence against women


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