Istanbul holds rally saying "no" to violence against women

These outfits are replications of ones worn by women when they experienced incidents of sexual violations. The outfits are part of an initiative marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence in Corner Brook

The crimes include intimate partner violence, sexual violence and harassment, human trafficking, female genital mutilation and child marriage.

According to the UN's publication, violence against women is a widespread phenomenon that exists in every society and culture across the globe. The day aims at bringing awareness about the violence against women and highlight the need to report it. Women around the world are subject to domestic violence, rape, physical torture and other forms of violence.

The UN in Afghanistan has called for united action by all Afghans to end violence against women and girls.

Penney Andrews, program manager for Tranquility House, said, "As of November 25, and for the next 16 days, we will incite individuals to take action towards eliminating violence against women". Another initiative helping to expose the issues and impact of violence against women is the UNiTE to end violence against women initiative launched in 2008 by the United Nations. In 2012, nearly half of all women who were victims of intentional homicide worldwide were killed by an intimate partner or family member, compared to six percent of male victims.

The organisations have developed several evidence-based tools to strengthen health care providers' abilities and health systems' capacity to respond to women who have experienced violence, which are available online.

Display challenges the myth that clothing has anything to do with sexual violence
Display challenges the myth that clothing has anything to do with sexual violence

"I look forward to the day when November 25 will be celebrated for the elimination of violence against mothers, sisters, grandmothers, and all women and girls, but there are actions we can take right now to move in this direction", said National Chief Bellegarde.

Ghana on Saturday began a nationwide campaign against gender-based violence. He said parliament is fully aware of its responsibility to protect and guard the rights of women comprising more than half of the country's population.

The Ministry of Family and Social Policies reported that over 80 percent of women in the country have encountered some kind of physical or psychological violence from a family member, while one out of 15 girls has been sexually harassed at least once in her lifetime.

While this violence continues, the worldwide community will not achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a master plan to end poverty and save the planet, adopted by the United Nations in 2015.

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