against Gender-Based Violence
The UNITE to End Violence against Women initiative is a multiyear effort to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world.
The initiative, launched in 2008 under the leadership of the UN Secretary-General , was created to support the civil society led 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign around the world.
Managed by UN Women, UNITE calls on governments, civil society, women’s organizations, young people, the private sector, media, and the UN system to join forces to address the global pandemic of violence against women and girls.
The global theme of this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, which runs from 25 November to 10 December 2023, is “UNITE! Invest to prevent violence against women and girls”.
More than 5 women or girls are killed every hour by someone in their family
In 2021, nearly 1 in 5 women aged 20-24 were married before turning 18
One in three women have been subjected to violence at least once in their lifetime
UNITE! Invest to prevent violence against women and girls
VAWG remains the most widespread and pervasive human rights violation worldwide affecting more than an estimated 1 in 3 women, a figure that has remained largely unchanged over the last decade.
The most recent global estimates show that, on average, more than 5 women or girls are killed every hour by someone in their own family.
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