The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
PRESS STATEMENT, ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE
NOVEMBER 25, 2022
Today we recognize the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. Despite great strides to prevent and respond to the pervasiveness of gender-based violence around the world, violence remains deeply entrenched in gender and social norms and persists in homes, schools, communities, workplaces, and increasingly, in virtual and online spaces.
Gender-based violence is a human rights abuse. One in three women and girls will experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetimes, and 70 percent of women experience gender-based violence in humanitarian contexts. One in five girls is married when still under the age of 18, and one in three women and girls lives in a country where marital rape ..