International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls

Every year on the 25th of November, the world recognizes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls. Although many members of society need protection year-round, this date up until the 10th of December, Human Rights Day, is a special time to raise awareness and take action against gender based crimes, ranging from simple social and legal discrimination, to female genital mutilation (which is a larger occurrence than you would think, 130 million women and girls have undergone such abuse, with millions more at risk). Additionally, over 35% of women will face domestic or sexual abuse in their lifetimes.

Violence against females is a global occurrence, in developing, developed, peaceful, and war-torn countries alike. The wake of modern feminism at times has the tendency to draw attention to discrimination that occurs in some of the countries with the least drastically violent offences. Although the highly publicized (thanks to social media) campaigns deserve their day in court, we would do well for the world to recognize the women who live in far harsher and more dangerous circumstances than most of the people reading this could fathom spending ten seconds in.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.”

In this spirit, below is a small compilation of organizations working against gender based violence as well as organizations helping those who have been victim of such offenses:

What Works to Prevent Violence – https://www.devex.com/en/ (UK based)

AbusedWomen.Org – http://www.abusedwomen.org/resources.html (which has its own highly diversified directory)

Womens Work – http://womensworkbw.com/ (because frequently economic empowerment can get women out of bad situations)

End Violence Against Women International – http://www.evawintl.org/

Futures Without Violence – http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/

For more specified interests or region specific concerns, check out previously posted organization directories… or do a simple google search that can take you a heck of a long way.

To conclude, here is what the United Nations has to say: https://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/

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